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Academic & Science & Technology Cooperation

Academic, Science & Technology Cooperation 


The contributions of science, technology and the academia have the potential to enhance IORA's knowledge and capabilities in a number of important fields. Such fields include Indian Ocean phenomena (such as its biology, meteorology and weather patterns), coastal zone management, renewable energy, energy efficient technologies and the development of the region-wide ocean economy. There are a number of centres of excellence across the regions which are encouraged to pool their resources effectively for comprehensive studies. 

Policy approach 

Enhanced cooperation on ocean issues would have significant benefits for strategic stability, as this would provide a platform for the constructive involvement of extra-regional stakeholders. IORA should look into the possibility of developing an ocean economy framework for improved decision-making. The framework should incorporate the main areas of activities that could be harnessed to optimize the opportunities available within this sector including petroleum and minerals, fishing, seafood processing and aquaculture, deep ocean water applications, marine services, port-related activities, marine renewable energy and ocean knowledge. 

IORA might foster sustainable ocean initiatives, projects and partnerships with the objective of supporting the "Ocean Economy" concept. The government, private sector, scientists and general public should collaborate to drive the ocean agenda forward. In this context, scientists and academics play a crucial role. Through rigorous research in relevant fields, the academia can provide the knowledge and understanding that feeds into policy considerations. Co-operation between experts and centres of excellence across Member States would serve to provide a coherent region-wide academic perspective that would further facilitate the closer co-ordination of policymaking among different Member States. 

There is a need to enhance ocean education in order to develop diverse, interdisciplinary capacities for managing ocean resources in a sustainable and mutually beneficial manner. 

Recent Events 

Event Date Venue Document
Experts Group Meeting on Ocean Forecasting to Build 
Capacity for Indian Ocean Operational System 
17-18 November 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka -
Second IORA Water Science & Technology Core Group
Workshop on "Promoting Efficient Water Management
through Water Re-use and Alternative Water Supply"
(Special Fund) 
15-16 NOvember 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka -
IORA Ocean Research Data Management Training 
Course, Institute of Oceanography and Environment
(INOS), University of Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) 
22-26 May 2016 Kuala Terengganu,
IORA Workshop on Oil Spill Response: 
Current Capability & Emerging Science Needs 
27-30 April 2015 Perth, Australia -
First IORA Water Science & Technology Working Group 27-28 November 2014 South Africa -
Workshop on the Establishment of an IORA Centre
of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment
30 June - 01 July 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka -
Presentation on IORA Virtual University 06 May 2014 Ebene, Mauritius -