The world’s seas and ocean are under increasing pressure, both from a growing range and intensity of economic activities, as well as from climate change. The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) has launched 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 economy’s potential in a responsible and sustainable way. Read more.
The OECD project on The Ocean Economy and Innovation builds on the findings from a major OECD / STI project on The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030. This activity contributes to broader priorities of the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) (e.g. digitalisation, emerging technologies for addressing grand challenges) and is managed by the IPSO Unit (Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans). A follow-up programme of work is ongoing for 2019-2020.
Background: The ocean economy’s long-term potential in terms of growth and job creation cannot be fully realised unless more effective steps are taken to improve integrated ocean management -- including ecosystem preservation -- at local, regional, national and international level. That in turn will require significant progress in innovation and new thinking in many areas – in science, technology, R&D, manufacturing, infrastructural design, consultation and decision-making processes, institutional co-operation, and last but not least, in the policy mix that governments implement to support and encourage innovative capacity in the ocean economy more broadly.
Objective of the programme of work: Provide new evidence-based information to decision-makers as to improve policies for sustainable ocean economic activities. These orginal activities contribute to respond to such questions: How much the ocean represents for countries today? How to identify sources of growth and make economic sectors ever more sustainable? How to value and support science and innovation in view of the major challenges to come?
Activities: This will be undertaken through 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). The activities are organised around four major themes:
Contact: Chrystyna HARPLUK, Project Coordinator, IPSO, OECD STI Ocean Economy Group, Chrystyna.HARPLUK@oecd.org.
New publication: A New Era of Digitalisation for Ocean Sustainability?
► BEL Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, Flemish Government
► CAN Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
► DEU German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)
► ESP Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN)
► IRL Marine Institute
► ITA Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
► KOR Korea Marine Institute (KMI)
► NOR The Research Council
► PRT DGPM / FCT
► UK/SCOT Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Government
► USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(other memberships underway)