Zhang, Jialin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0000-6850-3454, Ferse, Sebastian C. A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0930-5356, Jennerjahn, Tim C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1022-5126, Clausen, Alison and Lahl, Rebecca (2024) Co-design capacity development for the UN Ocean Decade. Frontiers in Ocean Sustainability, 2 . DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/focsu.2024.1252087.

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Effective ocean governance plays a critical role in managing and coordinating human activities, policies, and institutions to ensure the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources. Recognizing the importance of effective ocean governance, there is a growing awareness that new research approaches are needed to bring together actors from academia and non-academic sectors. Together they need to develop transformative science solutions for a more inclusive and equitable ocean governance system. Despite widespread interest in this collaborative endeavor, limited resources are available to provide structured support and training. This creates a pressing need to develop capacity and promote a shared understanding of collaborative research methodologies, such as co-design. In response to the need for capacity development in such methodologies, the “Co-design for the Ocean Decade” online training course was launched in collaboration with IOC-UNESCO in 2022, starting with a first pilot course in the African region. This first co-design training course under the Ocean Decade framework serves as a practical and research-backed model for future co-design training programs in other regions. The evaluation results of the course reveal its effectiveness in enhancing participants' knowledge and skills in key co-design areas, particularly in communication with stakeholders. The evaluation also highlights areas for improvement, such as the need for (i) monitoring and evaluation, and (ii) follow-up opportunities for practice and funding support. Based on the evaluation, for future research and training programs, we recommend: (1) to incorporate local and regional context into the training, (2) to integrate co-design training into ocean science education, and (3) to embed co-design of research and training into the capacity development program of the Ocean Decade.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA5
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Ecological Biogeochemistry
Science Management > Office for Knowledge Exchange
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/focsu.2024.1252087
ISSN: 2813-8287
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2024 17:14
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 17:14
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/5445

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