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OECD Workshop - Innovation for a sustainable ocean economy

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10 October, 2017 - 11 October, 2017
Naples, Italy

The theme of the workshop is ''Innovation for a sustainable ocean economy: linking economic potential and marine ecosystem health through innovation'' and it will be held in Naples on October 10-11, 2017.  The workshop will examine 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 will be discussed: the greening of shipbuilding and marine infrastructures; the decommissioning of marine platforms; the pivotal role of science and technology in enhancing maritime spatial planning; and innovation as the key force driving the potential emergence of a marine ecosystem restoration industry. The workshop will assemble some 50 international participants from leading research centers, the private sector, and intergovernmental organizations. The event will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange on national and international experiences, and will feed into current OECD research activities on the ocean economy and innovation.