International futures programme

The Future of the Ocean Economy


The objective of the project is to conduct a global forward-looking assessment of the ocean economy to 2030, with special emphasis on the development potential of emerging ocean-based activities.

For practical purposes, the project divides the ocean economy into established marine activities and emerging ocean-based activities.

The project will explore the growth prospects for the ocean economy and its potential for employment creation. 

Particular attention will be devoted to the emerging ocean-based industries:

  • the risks and uncertainties surrounding their future development
  • the innovations required in science and technology
  • investment needs
  • environmental implications
  • impact on ocean ecosystems
  • their contribution to green growth
  • the implications for planning and regulation
  • the policy options most suited to boost their long-term prospects while managing the ocean in responsible, sustainable ways

 For more information, download the project proposal.



  • Workshop on The Maritime Safety Industry and the Ocean Economy, Seoul, Korea
    7 May 2015
  • Workshop on The Future of Maritime Spatial Planning: What Potential for Economic Tools and Satellite Technology? Technological Tools?, Lisbon, Portugal
    4-5 June 2015
  • Future of the Ocean Economy Steering Group Meeting, OECD Headquarters, Paris
    16 June 2015
  • Economy Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities related to the Development of Marine Tourism to 2030, Gothenburg, Sweden
    24-25 June 2015
  • Workshop on The Long-term Potential of Marine Biotechnology, Bilbao, Spain
    29-30 September
  • Future of the Ocean Economy Steering Group Meeting, OECD Headquarters, Paris
    3-4 December 2015




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