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Cooperative marine science activities of IOC in the Caribbean and adjacent regions have existed for more than fifty years. Over this period three distinct stages have marked the evolution of marine Sciences in the region. CICAR - 1968: The first regional effort in marine sciences in the Caribbean was the Cooperative Investigations of the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CICAR) coordinated by IOC and modeled on the Indian Ocean International Expedition. Its aim was the understanding of the oceans and related processes in the Greater Caribbean region. IOCARIBE Association, 1975: The Member States recognized the benefits of CICAR and expressed their interest in creating a successor organization.

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Co-designing the science for the Ocean Decade

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will harness and stimulate innovative ocean research, from co-design to co-delivery, and strengthen the multi-stakeholder cooperation needed to develop the science we need for the ocean we want.


The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

Societal Outcomes

Clean Ocean
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Healthy Ocean
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healthy and resilient ocean

Productive Ocean
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productive ocean

Safe Ocean
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safe ocean

Accessible ocean
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Accessible ocean

Predicted Ocean
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predicted ocean

Inspirinng and Engaging Ocean
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inspiring and engaging ocean

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27 Sep 2023

Experts gathered at UNESCO herald new impulses for interdisciplinary ocean observing and…

  The EuroSea Project involved 53 partners from 14 European countries as well as Brazil and Canada, working together to…
26 Sep 2023

United States Government invests $3.9 million for Ocean Enterprise engagement

The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States announced $3.9 million to the Marine Technology Society (MTS) to establish a multi-year framework to engage the Ocean Enterprise as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The Ocean Enterprise includes public, private, non-profit, tribal and academic entities that provide…
01 Aug 2023

Tropical cyclones: Why we must observe the ocean to better protect people on land

  11 years after Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean islands and the East Coast of the United States in 2012, its…
30 Sep 2023

UNESCO and Partners Train Experts to Keep Pacific and Caribbean Safe from Tsunamis

  The training was led by the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), which is part of efforts by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) to ensure a safe ocean for ever-more resilient coastal communities. The goal of the training was to teach these experts about early warning systems for tsunamis and how to plan for the safety of their…

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