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A new global programme for private/public sponsorship: Take OFF, Take Ocean For Future
by Institut océanographique Paul Ricard (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard is strongly committed to the protection of marine life from human activities, based on ecosystemic approach and natured based solution.

We believe that academic exchange and transdisciplinary research are the key to our future; it is the springboard for knowledge and innovation.
For its 50th anniversary, the Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard and Pernod Ricard group launched a new global initiative called Take OFF, Take Ocean For Future.

The Take OFF, Take Ocean For Future programme has a two-fold field of action:

• Support for young researchers at universities worldwide ;
• An appeal to businesses for scientific patronage to support marine sciences research.

Firstly, the Take OFF, Take Ocean For Future initiative actively supports marine sciences research in the following fields: biomimicry, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, ecological restoration and natured based solutions

It provides financial support and facilities for young male and female researchers to take part in ongoing research focused on developing the protection and the sustainable management of the ocean, and on sharing while improving our knowledge of the relation between ocean and climate. The aim is to encourage their research activities and their innovations, and to enable them to develop their initiatives.

We have only one ocean, even though each country has its own perception, policies and priorities regarding the sea. It is essential to share our perceptions in order to achieve a common understanding and sustainable collective management of the oceans.

The Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard will host one student each year and will put its resources at its disposal. Soon, an international students’ residence will be opened at Les Embiez to accommodate visiting researchers and as a forum to exchange knowledge, best practices and solutions aimed at enhancing future perspectives.

This year, we have launched the initiative with our first partnership, with Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) and Pernod Ricard Korea.

In addition, the Take OFF, Take Ocean For Future programme encourages scientific patronage. Businesses need to take action! We need companies to become more involved in protecting the ocean and dealing with climate change. We believe that companies have long provided patronage and support for the arts: they should do likewise for scientific research. Like artists, scientists need time and funding. Synergy between the scientific community and economic stakeholders is a sound basis for improving knowledge, enhancing communication and finding solutions at the interface between the ocean and climate. It is also a question of raising awareness.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Student venue
Staff / Technical expertise
Institut océanographique Paul Ricard
Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2016 - 12/2020
Institut océanographique Paul Ricard Pernod Ricard
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jean-Luc Bonnefont, Scientific director, jl.bonnefont@institut-paul-ricard.org,
Embiez island, France
Other SDGs
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