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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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24 Jun 2022

Ocean Decade Alliance calls for unlocking investment in ocean science for sustainable…

While there have been numerous achievements in ocean science in the past decades, current levels of funding are insufficient to…
22 Jun 2022

Tsunami resilience: UNESCO will train 100% of at-risk coastal communities by 2030

UNESCO leads the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development from 2021 to 2030. In this context, several international summits are organized this year to amplify the international mobilisation for the ocean, the most important of which is the UN Ocean Conference, from 27 June to 1 July, in Lisbon, Portugal. At this conference, UNESCO’s Director General will announce an…
23 May 2022

Early Career Ocean Professionals from Africa and Caribbean SIDS benefit from the first…

It was imperative that these training courses specifically target ocean-related issues in Africa or Caribbean SIDS and feature…
08 Jun 2022

IOC-UNESCO in partnership with the Prada Group, provides support to the digitization of the “MuMA” – Milazzo Sea Museum

The project named “Let’s digitize MuMa” was awarded the prestigious EU4Ocean prize by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG Mare) on European Maritime Day (EMD) 2022 on last 20 May in Ravenna. The award made it possible to create a wide range of interactive content including: a Virtual Tour - available with…

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