IOC develops leadership capacity, including fund-raising, team building, and decision-making skills for directors of marine and coastal sciences institutes to strengthen scientific, legal and institutional structures. Much regard is given to Africa as well as tropical and small island developing states where livelihoods depend heavily on marine resources.
The IOC Capacity Development programmes are empowering developing countries to sustainably use their coastal and marine resources by encouraging ‘self-driven’ capacity-development. The risks of not immediately building relevant capacity in marine management and research will result in greater risk of destruction from ocean hazards, irreversible damage to ocean resources, and loss of sources of wealth for future generations. The rate of degradation and loss of life-sustaining ocean resources is accelerating, and one of the great challenges of this century is to develop capacity rapidly enough to protect and preserve these resources. The IOC’s 'self-driven' capacity-building approach aims to reduce the continuous dependence on aid by empowering countries to address their own problems through science-based strategies.
IOC has successfully developed a unique network with the most talented scientists across the world and with research institutes in all regions, and is playing an essential role in addressing the critically urgent issues related to the protection and sustainable development of the ocean and coasts.