Environment Database - Sustainable Ocean Economy
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Introduction

The ocean is a shared global resource. Ocean-related industries in many countries have expanded with insufficient consideration for the environment, risking the natural resources and the essential marine ecosystem services on which economies and people’s well-being depend.

The OECD Sustainable Ocean Economy Database synthesizes available ocean-related datasets and indicators from across the Organisation to improve their discoverability and comparability. The database brings together relevant indicators from the Environment Directorate (ENV), the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD), the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE), the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and others.

The conceptual framework

The database structure follows the OECD’s Green Growth indicators framework. It is designed to help answer the following questions:

  • Is the natural capital of the ocean being maintained?
  • How does a sustainable ocean economy benefit people?
  • Are we becoming more efficient in using marine and coastal ecosystem services?
  • What are the economic opportunities from promoting a sustainable ocean economy?
  • What policy responses are needed to speed up the transition?

The indicator set

Indicators for the following main themes are provided:

  1. Natural capital of the ocean
  2. Environmental dimension of wellbeing and resilience in coastal communities
  3. Environmental and resource productivity of the ocean economy
  4. Economic opportunities from pursuing ocean sustainability
  5. Policy responses directed at ocean sustainability
  6. The socio-economic context

This is a work in progress. Advances in many areas are needed to build a truly integrated database measuring the sustainability of the ocean economy. Development of new or improved ocean indicators will require mobilising data in existing statistics and statistical systems (e.g. satellite accounts to identify ocean industries in the SNA), building new statistical methodologies (e.g. air emission accounts for maritime shipping [SEEA-CF] or ocean ecosystem accounts [SEEA-EEA]) and identifying new sources of data (e.g. Earth observation).

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Colombia was not an OECD Member at the time of preparation of this release. Accordingly, unless otherwise noted, Colombia is not included in the OECD zone aggregates.

Environment Database - Sustainable Ocean EconomyContact person/organisation
env.stat@oecd.org
Date last updated
June 2020
Other data characteristics

Documentation

Introduction

The ocean is a shared global resource. Ocean-related industries in many countries have expanded with insufficient consideration for the environment, risking the natural resources and the essential marine ecosystem services on which economies and people’s well-being depend.

The OECD Sustainable Ocean Economy Database synthesizes available ocean-related datasets and indicators from across the Organisation to improve their discoverability and comparability. The database brings together relevant indicators from the Environment Directorate (ENV), the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD), the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE), the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and others.

The conceptual framework

The database structure follows the OECD’s Green Growth indicators framework. It is designed to help answer the following questions:

  • Is the natural capital of the ocean being maintained?
  • How does a sustainable ocean economy benefit people?
  • Are we becoming more efficient in using marine and coastal ecosystem services?
  • What are the economic opportunities from promoting a sustainable ocean economy?
  • What policy responses are needed to speed up the transition?

The indicator set

Indicators for the following main themes are provided:

  1. Natural capital of the ocean
  2. Environmental dimension of wellbeing and resilience in coastal communities
  3. Environmental and resource productivity of the ocean economy
  4. Economic opportunities from pursuing ocean sustainability
  5. Policy responses directed at ocean sustainability
  6. The socio-economic context

This is a work in progress. Advances in many areas are needed to build a truly integrated database measuring the sustainability of the ocean economy. Development of new or improved ocean indicators will require mobilising data in existing statistics and statistical systems (e.g. satellite accounts to identify ocean industries in the SNA), building new statistical methodologies (e.g. air emission accounts for maritime shipping [SEEA-CF] or ocean ecosystem accounts [SEEA-EEA]) and identifying new sources of data (e.g. Earth observation).

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Geographic coverage

Colombia was not an OECD Member at the time of preparation of this release. Accordingly, unless otherwise noted, Colombia&nbsp;is not included in the OECD zone aggregates.