deep sea habitat

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is inviting proposals for a consultancy to develop an Action Plan to increase public deep-sea literacy and understanding of the legal framework for activities in the international seabed area (the Area).

Knowledge in science, technology and innovation is essential for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), as well as for promoting social innovation, and ultimately, benefiting society at large. Yet, the deep seabed remains one of the last frontiers where knowledge and understanding by the public is lacking across virtually all disciplines. In the context of its Strategic Plan and High-Level Action Plan adopted for the period 2019-2023, ISA has committed to address these challenges through increased public outreach.

In 2017, the UN General Assembly declared the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development for 2021-2030 to foster scientific research and technological innovation in support of a healthier, more sustainable ocean. The objectives of the Ocean Decade are at the core of ISA’s mandate, which is to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Ara, whilst ensuring that the results of the research are disseminated widely.

A dedicated Action Plan for increasing public deep-sea literacy and understanding of the legal framework for activities undertaken in the Area would help address these challenges and opportunities, with a strong focus on developing outreach products and building partnerships to advance deep-sea literacy. 

Interested candidates with the requisite experience in marine policy, international law, ocean science or related fields should submit their proposals, in line with the Terms of Reference which can be found here: to by 25 September 2020.

For enquiries:

Ms. Katie Elles, Communications Specialist, International Seabed Authority M: +1 (876) 838 8323/ E:  


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