MERCES at the OECD workshop (October 10th and 11th 2017) on INNOVATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ECONOMY

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, in co-organization with the OECD-CSTP, hosted the OECD workshop (October 10th and 11th 2017) on INNOVATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ECONOMY: Linking economic potential and marine ecosystem health through innovation.

The workshop examined how scientific advances and innovation are contributing to the development of major marine and maritime activities while helping in protecting and restoring ecosystems.

In this context, four major issues for the future of the seas and ocean were discussed: 1) the greening of shipbuilding and marine infrastructures; 2) the decommissioning of marine platforms; 3) the pivotal role of science and technology in enhancing maritime spatial planning; and 4) innovation as the key force driving the potential emergence of a marine ecosystem restoration industry.

The workshop assembled some 50 international participants from leading research centers, the private sector, and intergovernmental organizations. The event provided participants with an opportunity to exchange on national and international experiences, and to receive an update on the current OECD research activities on the ocean economy and innovation. Different members of the MERCES Consortium was present during this event: Anthony J Grehan (NUIG), David Billett (DSES), Telmo Morato (IMAR-Uaz), Ferdinando Boero (CoNISMa-Unisalento), Cristina Gambi (UNIVPM) and Roberto Danovaro (UNIVPM & SZN) in the beautiful venue of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples.

Link to see the Agenda