We need a healthy Ocean to survive. But our Ocean is in trouble, and so are we. By providing regionally and locally relevant, entry-level online education programmes, the IOI Ocean Academy will enable interested laypersons to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complexities of the ocean and its local and global effects, now and in a changing future, laying the foundations for more informed understanding and personal daily decision-making.


An IOI Ocean Academy Course is designed to upgrade Ocean literacy and provide an understanding of regionally and locally relevant Ocean information at an appropriate level. The IOI Academy Courses are tailored to the interests of laypersons.

Persons completing an IOI Academy Course will:

  • gain a basic understanding of the Ocean: the goods and services it provides, the threats to the Ocean, how to live in a more sustainable way with the Ocean;
  • learn about the importance of Ocean governance, sustainable and equitable human use, the principle of the common heritage of humankind, respecting the needs of future generations, all in locally relevant context;
  • be empowered to become more active locally as stakeholders to positively influence their communities and beyond;
  • be able to identify priority issues, trends and future challenges in Ocean issues, locally and globally.


  • 20-hour modules delivered online
  • In local languages
  • Free-of-charge for participants
  • Ocean knowledge that is locally relevant
  • Overseen by the IOI and implemented by local experts

registrations now open:

Ocean Knowledge for Sustainable Use, Exploitation and Conservation of Resources 

19 - 27 July 2022 


Coastal Risk Literacy for Stakeholders


5 - 16 September 2022


Contribution of Sustainable development goals to marine environmental conservation

17 July - 7 August


Navigate The Portuguese Sea



3 October - 11 November 2022


 South Africa Ocean Academy



10 - 25 August 2022 


Understanding the Linkage between Ocean and Climate for Sustenance of Life, Livelihood and Food Security with Special Reference to Pakistan Jul - Aug, Oct - Nov 2022

Ocean Governance Framework for Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Ocean & Marine Resources 




Sustainable Coastal Tourism Development and Ocean Governance; 29 April - 31 May

Ocean Literacy: Know Your Planet Beyond the Land

22 March - 4 April 

Marine Environmental Issues of the Caspian Sea and Potential Solutions; 26 March - 24 April 

The Ocean, Source of Life and Livelihoods - An online Ocean Literacy Course; 12 May - 31 May

Conservation and Sustainability of the Marine Environment in Turkish Seas; 4 April - 5 May

Marine Environmental Security Issues for the Maldives

10 May - 23 May 2022

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