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Ocean Science Initiatives

The ocean covers more than 70 % of the Earth’s surface and supports nearly every aspect of our lives. It is responsible for 50 % of the oxygen we breathe and provides food and livelihoods for over 3.5 billion people. The ocean also captures approximately 25 % of all human-made carbon emissions, making it one of the planet's most efficient carbon sinks.

Fugro is proud to lead private industry in support of two global ocean science initiatives that aim to fill the sizeable gaps that currently exist in ocean data, information, and knowledge. Their success will help reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and support the development of a sustainable ocean economy globally.

Ocean Decade

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) is a multifaced initiative to develop a common, global framework for ocean science that will help restore ocean health and provide countries improved conditions for sustainable ocean development.

Seabed 2030

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is a collaborative effort between The Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) to inspire the complete mapping of the world’s ocean by 2030 and to compile all bathymetric data into the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map.

It is critical that the private sector help lead this global initiative. We collectivevly have much to offer and gain from a sustainable and equitable ocean economy


Biodiversity decline is one of Earth’s major crises, impacting not only plants and animals but also threatening our own survival. The loss of biodiversity goes hand in hand with climate change, they reinforce each other and find their origin in the same causes. We need to take action urgently to tackle both.

Minimise the negative, maximise the positive

Fugro has a solid biodiversity policy in place, fully in line with our purpose to create a safe and liveable world. The biodiversity policy guides our efforts to minimise the negative environmental impacts of our operations. And maximise our positive contributions to understand biodiversity through our services and solutions. Our data collection prowess and know-how plays an important role in understanding biodiversity and how it’s changing.

In 2021, we performed an impact assessment. This gave us valuable insights into:

  • the potential effects of our activities on biodiversity
  • the mitigating measures already in place
  • improvement areas

We continue to learn from these insights, working with industry partners to adopt best practices.

Awareness and contribution

We continuously raise awareness about biodiversity decline among our employees, clients, contractors, and suppliers. We also contributed to the International Marine Contractor Association Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability, which deals with marine biodiversity.


Biodiversity Policy

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