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International Ocean Institute (IOI)

Expert(s) : Antonella VASSALLO
Msida, Malta
Type of member : NGO
Sea basin :
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean (including North Sea)
  • Baltic Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • International (other sea-basins / ocean)
Topics :
  • Food from the ocean
  • Climate and the ocean
  • Healthy and clean ocean
  • Ocean Governance, Capacity Development and Training for early career ocean professionals,
Environmental domains :
  • Marine/Ocean
  • Climate
Main activities :
  • Education
The International Ocean Institute (IOI), established in 1972, is a world leading independent, non-governmental non-profit organisation conducting training and capacity building in Ocean Governance globally. It aims to train young and mid-career practitioners in contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on the moral, ethical and legal values in Ocean Governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean). The portfolio of IOI training programmes is complemented by more direct Ocean Literacy programmes reaching out to a younger audience and to laypersons. In this way, IOI actions over the years have reached hundreds of stakeholders at several levels even within the European region: encouraging interest in the ocean in schoolchildren; reaching out to lay persons with published information; developing capacity in the region’s ocean managers and decision-makers; and above all fostering a love of the oceans, a respect for rule-of-law under UNCLOS, an appreciation of the Ocean-Climate interaction, the importance of the Blue Economy and of the circular economy as this affects oceans, good ocean governance and the application of principles of sustainability in the development and protection of these resources.