Connecting the world around Ocean Prediction


Joana Akrofi


Programme Officer


Joana Akrofi is a Programme Management Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Science Division, Big Data Branch. She is currently leading the co-design of the Global Environment Monitoring System on ocean (GEMS ocean) with partners to make available relevant data, analysis, and information guiding action to conserve and sustainably use the ocean and coasts. This includes the coordinating the building and convening of a global Community of Practice across experts and society at large to provide capacity, analysis, innovation and synthesized information to decision and policy makers, civil society, international organizations worldwide in a holistic approach to keep the global ocean and coasts healthy and productive. GEMS Ocean promotes and convenes a transdisciplinary partnership approach including UN and civil society partners, data providers, observing systems and knowledge asset holders to translate the collective ocean and coastal knowledge and expertise into sustained, targeted information for decision-makers, and to trigger transformative action at scale focused on sustainable coastal and ocean use and ecosystem health as well as informing developments such as sustainable blue economy and marine spatial planning. Her assignment in the Early Warning and Assessment Division (EWAD) since 2005 has included scientific assessments of the marine and coastal environment including the Global Environment Outlook (GEO), the World Oceans Assessment (WOA) and the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment (GEF-TWAP). She is also the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP)Technical Secretary for UNEP and the Focal Point for the World Ocean Assessment (WOA). She is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
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