From May 12 to August 12, 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, held the International Exhibition "Expo-2012" on the theme "The Living Ocean and the coastal zone." The exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the ocean and the islands and the international recognition of their role. The main message of the exhibition was the welfare of mankind, which is associated with the state of the oceans at risk. Sea level rise, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, and pollution — some of the many problems that threaten the seas and coasts. Restoring sustainable life in the marine environment lies on the shoulders of all mankind.
Expo-2012 has demonstrated broad public 10,000,000th existing knowledge and technology in the field of ocean and coastal areas, as well as, trying to find solutions to the problems threatening the oceans. The exhibition was carried out presentation of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the aim of which was to emphasize the need for measurements using the new technology. The exhibition was also presented Korean Observing System coastal zones.
Global Ocean Observing System is a comprehensive tool monitoring system, introduced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Oceanography UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization. The system provides an accurate description of the current state of the oceans, including living resources, prolonged states seas forecasts, data for projections of climate change, as well as observations, models, and analysis of the variables on the seas and oceans, allowing for operational ocean of the world.
Declaration at Expo-2012 will define a strategy to protect the marine environment. A key message is the importance of the worldwide community of marine resources within the new green economy. The Declaration calls on the international community to cooperate in the effort to preserve the marine environment.