SURVEY: 2020 IOC Capacity Development Needs Assessment

Dear colleague,

Capacity Development (CD) is an essential tenet of the mission of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Capacity Development enables all IOC Member States to participate in, and benefit from, ocean research and services that are vital to sustainable development and human welfare on the planet. The vision contained in the IOC Capacity Development Strategy 2015-2021 (  identifies capacity development as the primary catalyst through which IOC will achieve its four high level objectives in the current 2014–2021 IOC Medium-Term Strategy. National ocean related capacity is also essential to build the required national expertise to fully participate in, and benefit from the Sustainable Ocean Economy.

The 2020 Capacity Development Needs Assessment Survey is organised by the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development ( and is designed to assess the capacity development requirements of member countries, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


Click here to access the survey

By completing this survey you will be contributing to assessing your country’s capacity development needs in ocean science related issues. In addition, the information gathered by this survey will contribute to addressing capacity needs related to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

This survey is open to all national stakeholders in ocean research, observation, data/information management, coastal area-based management and policy including private sector.
In particular:

  1. IOC contacts (IOC focal point, IOC CD focal point)
  2. Ocean researchers and research service providers (including heads of institution, data centre staff)
  3. Academic staff (Higher Education Institution  lecturers as well as Learning Services Provider staff)
  4. Students (at Higher Education Institution)
  5. Local Government officials (including councils, national park authorities)
  6. National Government officials
  7. Policy makers (senior government officials)
  8. Industry (using, extracting  and/or developing ocean resources)
  9. Private sector operating in coastal zone (e.g. hoteliers, developers)
  10. NGOs (environmental)

As a member of one or more of the above mentioned stakeholder groups we wish to invite you to fill the survey by clicking here.

You can fill the survey either as an individual (reflecting your views) or as a representative of your institution/organization/company. If you need a PDF version of the survey to consult with colleagues within your institution then please contac Ms Johanna Diwa ( or Mr Peter Pissierssens (, indicating the stakeholder group to which you belong (there are different question sets for each of the stakeholder groups). A Spanish language version of the PDF will become available in approx. 2 weeks. If you require this version then please contact Ms Diwa or Mr Pissierssens.

All responses and personal information will be anonymized and will not be published for general access nor disclosed or sold to third parties.. The information collected through this survey will be used for statistical analysis to enable the publication of the “2020 IOC Capacity Development needs assessment survey”.

Filling the survey will take between 20-30 min. We will appreciate if you can fill the survey by 1 October 2020.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.

Ariel Troisi
IOC Chair
Chair, IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development


via IOC
Have any news or opportunity in ocean sciences to share? Send it to