AIVP – partner in an OECD project on the economy of the world’s oceans

Published by  9 August, 2013 9:28 am Leave your thoughts

OECDAIVP members are invited to take part in the Steering Committee, or as invited experts at workshops, in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) project which – for the first time – will bring a global assessment of prospects for the economy of the oceans until 2030.

This project is based on a detailed analysis of already established maritime activities and emerging industries.  Established marine activities encompass shipping and shipbuilding, capture fisheries, traditional maritime and coastal tourism, and port facilities and handling. Emerging ocean-based industries include:  Off-shore wind, tidal and wave energy, oil and gas extraction in deep-sea and other extreme locations; marine aquaculture; marine biotechnology; sea-bed mining for metals and minerals; ocean-related tourism and leisure activities; and ocean monitoring, control and surveillance.

The project will explore the growth prospects of the ocean economy and its potential for job creation, with special attention devoted to new industries. Among the topics to be discussed:  the risks and uncertainties surrounding future developments in maritime activities, scientific and technological innovations necessary for investment needs, environmental impacts, impacts on ocean ecosystems, contributions to green growth, the implications of policy options to long-term planning and regulation for ocean management.

The 24 month project will be funded by contributions from governments, foundations and companies. Some organizations may also participate by seconding experts, providing specific reports, or hosting a workshop planned for the project (eg workshops already planned in Belgium, Canada, Korea, Portugal, and Sweden).

The first meeting of the Steering Group will take place in late October 2013 in Paris.

Since port-city projects are at the heart of these new economic development strategies, we invite you to consider this opportunity to place more emphasis on adding value to your projects and developments.

For more information, please contact Anita Gibson, Development & Outreach Co-ordinator, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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