Thinking Beyond Waves

Ocean Literacy Initiative


In 2023, Estuarine and Coastal Studies Foundation (ECSF) initiated its Ocean Literacy (OL) program to advance and promote marine and environmental science courses in India. This program is inspired by the ‘Ocean Literacy for All’ program of IOC-UNESCO and Early Career Ocean Professionals- Ocean Literacy Task Team (UN Ocean Decade endorsed programme)


Ocean Literacy (OL) is defined as “An understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean (UNESCO)”.Our primary objective is to educate young minds about Ocean, Climate and Community.

The goals and objectives:

  1. Educating youths (mostly 14-21 years old) about Ocean and Climate related hazards
  2. Reaching underprivileged and underrepresented coastal communities to connect them to the sea
  3. Creating awareness among general public and spreading the messages of UN Ocean Decade
  4. Promoting #OceanLiteracy and establishment of OL networks in India
  5. Outreach activities like Webinars with resource and promotional materials


Debarati Sengupta
Ocean Literacy Coordinator (ECSF-ECOP)
Mail: [email protected]
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