Bringing the Ocean to Society
3 Apr 2018
Upcoming World Ocean Council Outreach and Engagement
WOC White Paper analyzes maritime clusters and recommends actions to advance ocean sustainable development.

The World Ocean Council (WOC) and Economic Transformations Group (ETG) have  released   a white paper on “OCEAN/MARITIME CLUSTERS: Leadership and Collaboration for Ocean Sustainable Development and Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” - click here to access the paper

The paper highlights the need and opportunity to develop Ocean/Maritime Clusters as a key part of achieving ocean sustainable development, implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advancing the “Blue Economy” and “Blue Growth”. By combining purpose in innovation, competitiveness, productivity, profit and environmental benefits, Ocean/Maritime Clusters can lead ocean sustainable development and realize economic benefits.

Research and analysis of eleven Ocean/Maritime Clusters by ETG indicates that the way forward is to focus on business growth and investment opportunities for responsible, sustainable ocean use which considers the intersection of ocean economic benefits, environmental health and societal value in policies and best practices.

Eric Hansen, ETG President stated that, “Ocean/Maritime Cluster best practices enhance the exchange of knowledge and provide a platform for expansion of clusters to advance ocean business community leadership and collaboration and in achieving ocean sustainable development.” He added that, “The case studies highlight Ocean/Maritime Cluster best practices which demonstrate success factors rooted in collaborative action, key partnerships with government support, and value-adding through innovation.”

Key recommendations for organizations working to advance the role of the business leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainable development:

  • Enhance and expand the role of ocean/maritime clusters in implementing sustainable development 
  • Accelerate the networking of ocean/maritime clusters for collaborative learning and action in support of sustainable development 
  • Support the development of ocean/maritime clusters for developing countries and small island developing states

For more information about Economic Transformations, see transformationsgroup.com