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Reviewing innovation mechanisms to support a sustainable ocean economy
by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (Intergovernmental organization)
The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) leads an original programme of work on the Ocean Economy and Innovation with the objective to provide decision-makers with an improved toolbox to foster innovation for harnessing the ocean economys potential in a responsible and sustainable way. It builds on the findings from a major OECD project on The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030. This two-year activity (2017-18) led by the OECD Secretariat and supported by a dozen countries, includes a series of expert workshops, research on new OECD indicators, and innovation policy discussions with ocean-related communities around the world (ministries, agencies, academia, foundations, NGOs and the private sector).
Updates to voluntary commitment
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
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
Several expert meetings and major events in 2017 and 2018
December 2018
OECD report - The Ocean Economy and Innovation: Promoting Sustainable Seas and Oceans with Innovation
Other, please specify
Participating countries provide funding, in-kind contributions anf technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise
The OECD Secretariat co-ordinates participation by countries and economies and produces analysis and reports.
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2017 - December 2018
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Claire Jolly, Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans (IPSO) Unit, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, claire.jolly@oecd.org, +33 1 45 24 80 26
Paris, France
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