The activities and actions undertaken by the IOC within the framework of targeted capacity development will result in a number of outputs that, through their use by Member States should result in desired “changes” at the national and sub-regional level in areas such as decision-making, policy, governance, and knowledge.


A total of six expected outputs are identified. They all need to be addressed on a long- term and sustained basis. The identified outputs will be achieved through a number of targeted activities and related actions made possible by inputs such as funding, human resources and institutional resources. This can be summarized in the table below:


Output Activity Action
1. Human resources developed 1.1 Academic (higher) education 1.1.1 Promote and assist with the establishment of consortia of higher education at the appropriate geographical scale
1.1.2 Promote collaboration between UNESCO Chairs and IOC
1.2 Continuous professional development 1.2.1 Promote and assist with the organization of training courses, workshops and “summer schools” relevant to the IOC mandate
1.2.2 Establish, or collaborate with other organizations on an internship/fellowship programme (including on-board training)
1.2.3 Establish and collaborate with other organisations on a visiting lecturer programme
1.2.4 Promote and assist with the establishment of regional training (and research) centres relevant to the IOC mandate
1.2.5 Promote the sharing of training materials
1.3 Sharing of knowledge and expertise/community building 1.3.1 Establish a travel grant “fund”
1.3.2 Establish or collaborate with other organizations on a mentoring programme
1.3.3 Promote and assist with the development of IOC alumni networks
1.3.4 Promote and support “young scientist” awards
1.4 Gender balance 1.4.1 Promoting participation of women in ocean research
2. Access to physical infrastructure established or improved 2.1 Facilitating access to infrastructure (facilities, instruments, vessels) 2.1.1 Establishing and maintaining a register of infrastructure to facilitate access
2.1.2 Promoting the development of, and expand access to, regional sustainable scientific infrastructure
3. Global, regional and sub-regional mechanisms strengthened 3.1 Further strengthening and supporting secretariats of regional commissions 3.1.1 Improve staffing of secretariat of regional sub-commissions
3.1.2 Reinforcing budgeting of regional sub-commissions
3.2 Enhance effective communication between regional sub-commission secretariats and global programmes as well as other communities of practice (incl. other organisations) 3.2.1 Establishing an effective coordination and communication mechanism between the secretariats of the regional sub-commissions and the global programmes
4. Development of ocean research policies in support of sustainable development objectives promoted 4.1 Sharing of information on ocean research priorities 4.1.1 Compare and compile information on existing ocean research priorities among government and other organizations
4.2 Developing national marine science management procedures and national policies 4.2.1 Assist Member States with the development of marine science management procedures and national policies
5. Visibility and awareness increased 5.1 Public Information 5.1.1 Promote the development of public information (communication) departments in ocean research institutions
5.2 Ocean Literacy 5.2.1 Foster development of an IOC ocean literacy programme as a community of practice to share experience within and across regions
6. Sustained (long-term) resource mobilization reinforced 6.1 In-kind opportunities 6.1.1 Fostering partnerships to increase in-kind support opportunities
6.2 Financial support by Member States to IOC activities 6.2.1 Resource mobilisation from Member States, Institutional and Private Sector Partners




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