Ocean Platforms

The WOC is committed to advancing the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainable development challenges. To this end, the WOC is bringing together the diverse Ocean Business Community and participants from other ocean stakeholders, to collaborate through cross-sectoral “Ocean Platforms” focused on ocean sustainability, science and the challenges of ocean stewardship.

The WOC’s Ocean Platforms focus on the following areas, with active international, multi-industry and multi-stakeholders efforts underway for many of these issues:

  • Ocean Policy and Governance

    International ocean policy and governance developments can have significant impact on business operations in the ocean. Yet more often than not, such processes progress with little or no industry involvement. […]
  • Marine Spatial Planning / Ocean Planning

    Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is developing rapidly in many areas, e.g. the EU, US and Australia. Engaging in effective decision-making through a MSP process is paramount for the Ocean Business […]
  • Regional Ocean Business Leadership

    The World Ocean Council is fostering the development of regional ocean business councils to engage Members’ input to regional policy processes, science efforts, and the development of solutions to operational […]
  • Operational Environmental Issues

    Ocean use, whether economical or recreational, is increasing rapidly and along with it the potential for challenging environmental impacts. Such challenges are often cross sectoral and therefore create opportunities for […]
  • Smart Ocean - Smart Industries

    Efforts to date have put instruments on “ships of opportunity” and yielded important data and experience, but these have been limited in numbers of vessels, areas covered and timespan due […]
  • Emerging Issues

    With the increased use and exploration of our ocean, new issues, risks and opportunities are emerging that may have material impact on ocean industry operations. The WOC monitors and reports on […]