Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
- Date submitted: 27 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: United Nations & Other IGOs
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(ii) Contribute to mitigation and adaptation to climate change and variability through improved scientific understanding, building resilience of vulnerable coastal communities, and sustaining ecosystem services and resources.
(iii) Safeguard the health of ocean ecosystems by strengthening global scientific efforts to fully comprehend and protect coastal and marine environmental health, as well as conserve biological diversity through ecosystem-based approaches, and mitigate the impact of emerging ocean threats such as ocean acidification.
(iv) Promote effective management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources, by encouraging and assisting nations developing ecosystem-based coastal and ocean strategies, and strengthening existing intergovernmental mechanisms to plan and apply ocean management strategies. To underpin the above, IOC reiterates the need expressed in paragraph 36 of Johannesburg Plan of Action (World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002) to expand observation of the global ocean and coastal seas and, furthermore, to find mechanisms for sustaining those observations, as well as maintaining the required level of scientific research and knowledge. The IOC recognizes that capacity development and transfer of technology are keys for effective ocean management and governance. The IOC will continue promoting such capacity development and voluntary transfer of technology on mutually agreed terms to its Member States, particularly, Africa, LDCs and SIDS, to empower them with the knowledge and skills to benefit and manage oceans and coasts in an equitable and sustainable way.