Building Oceans Readiness: Capacity Development for Integrated Ocean Governance
Description/achievement of initiative

Capacity development for integrated ocean governance is essential to achieve sustainable development of oceans and coasts including responses to address new challenges, climate change and biodiversity , loss and provide sustainable ocean and coastal livelihoods. Funding is limited and there has been little collaboration and coordination of efforts among the many actors that assist in capacity development.

A global strategy for ocean readiness, mobilizing expertise and partnerships, will be developed to ensure that governments and institutions have the skills, knowledge, and capacity to develop Blue Economy frameworks, and to address challenges on oceans and coastal communities in a long-term, integrated manner.

Implementation methodologies

The focus of the initiative is to support capacity projects that are forward-thinking, comprehensive, and integrated across sectors. While various international fora, have mechanisms for financing, these programs continue to be aimed at sector-specific projects that fail to integrate capacity building projects into long-term strategic development of institutions and capacity among high-level decision-makers and ocean leaders.

The focus of this initiative is to help build the skills and networks that are required for effective leadership, policy development, negotiation, stakeholder engagement, and communication. In addition, long-term capacity building will be supported through the introduction of effective governance, system knowledge, and strategic planning skills and frameworks. The combined focus at the individual and institutional level will ensure oceans remain on the top of the sustainable development agenda, and ensure effective long-term implementation. This will be achieved through training programs for high level, local, and next generation ocean leaders. At the organizational level, the focus will be on strengthening institutional structures, processes, and resources through analysis, development and sharing of best practices.

The capacity development program in integrated ocean governance will be aimed at four major
--high-level national ocean leaders
--local/community leaders
--next generation leaders
--the general public


Global Ocean Forum (GOF)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO
World Ocean Network
Ocean Policy Research Foundation, Japan
Deliverable Date
For the national ocean leaders, an established program of training (short-term) and creation and maintenance of a support network of national leaders, including information services. 2022
For the local/community leaders, a package of training services and creation and maintenance of a support network of local/community leaders, including information services. 2022
For the next generation leaders, enhancement or establishment of university-based programs in marine affairs and policy, including through the enhancement of regional centers of excellence, and a consortium of university programs. 2022
For the general public, information services and public outreach through various media in support of the development of enabling environments for a Blue Economy and Blue Society, to be carried out by the World Ocean Network (reaching 400 museums) 2022
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expert staff on Capacity Development on oceans, coasts, and SIDS
In-kind contribution Facilities; network of over 3,000 ocean leaders and collaborators from intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions, and the private sector; fund-raising team
Staff / Technical expertise Expert staff and public outreach network

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum,

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