ACCORD will provide our international partners in eight countries with the scientific evidence and capability needed to ensure the sustainable growth, and resilience to shocks, of their ocean economies (so-called 'Blue Economies').

The ocean provides goods and services with an estimated global value of approximately $2.5 trillion per year; and this is expected to double by the year 2030. Globally, more than one billion people depend directly on the ocean for their main source of food whilst two billion people live within 100km of a coastline.

For coastal nations, the marine environment is an opportunity for economic growth resulting from food production, maritime security, resource exploitation, tourism, and sustainable energy. Yet sustainable marine economies must protect themselves from both economic and environmental shocks. ACCORD is working in close cooperation with international partners to develop the tools and scientific evidence for sustainable Blue Economies and resilience to natural hazards.

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ACCORD model results used to address critical gaps in knowledge

Da Nangin Vietnam

Model results developed under ACCORD have been used to address critical gaps in knowledge of ecological connectivity between the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and the coastal zones of least developed countries. The results were used as evidence in the UNCLOS negotiation process. The information has been published in both peer-reviewed literature and policy documents.

ACCORD agrees formal collaborations with local government partners in Vietnam

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK (PML), and the Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam (DONRE)

In June 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK (PML), and the Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam (DONRE), to support joint activities in "Quantifying the capacity and socio-economic value of Da Nang Bay in cycling, processing storing and exporting land derived carbon and nutrients".