International Cooperation and Scientific Exchanges
The First Institute of Oceanography (FIO) has always placed heavy emphasis on international cooperation and scientific exchanges, and the effort has resulted in good success a evidenced by the growing list of collaborators and ever-expanding research scopes of the many on-going or completed collaborative programs. In recent years, FIO has established cordial relationships with over 50 institutions from more than 30 countries, such as the USA, Russia, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, India and so on. FIO had signed bi-lateral inter-institute cooperative agreements with eight reputable foreign institutions, and designed and set up various collaborative projects addressing shapely defined topics and specific training programs with UK, Sweden, Denmark, Canada and many other countries in more and more diversified cooperative formats. FIO has always been actively participating in and promoting international cooperation in various marine related activities with global or multinational participation. On behalf of China Government, FIO has already shouldered many inter-governmental programs with countries including the USA, Russia, France, Germany, Indonesia, South Korea and so on.

In recent years, FIO has invited 25 foreign scientists or research fellows as guest Professors, and sent abroad over 100 person-trips each year to engage in a variety of lecturing, visiting, workshops, conferences, seminars and consultations. Through these activities and the research accomplishments, the technological potential and international stature of FIO have made deeper impression in the world specialized in oceanographic and marine environmental research, and gained rapid recognition.
China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center

China and Republic of Korea (ROK) both are the important coastal countries. The seas and oceans play very important roles to these two country's economy. In light of the joint statement of the Sino-Korean Summit held in 1994, China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center (CKJORC) was set up in May, 1995 in Qingdao. The Center, a marine research institution supported by the governments of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea (ROK), was established to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in marine-related fields in a bid to promote the regional development of marine science as well as to protect the marine environment and to boost the sustainable development and utilization of the marine resources in the world.  

Three Key Roles of CKJORC:

1. The Secretariat of China-Korea Joint Committee on Cooperation in Marine Science and Technology
Serving as the secretariat of China-Korea Joint Committee on Cooperation in Marine Science and Technology, they solicit and determine the subjects of the Joint Committee. Authorized by the Joint Committee, they oversee, assist and manage the implementation of resolutions made by the Joint Committee. They function as the medium for the exchanges and cooperation among the marine-related institutions of both China and ROK.

2. Formulating and promulgating marine information
They collect, sort out, edit and release the marine-related information and reports, thus providing a platform for exchanges of marine-related information and services for a better understanding of both sides.

3. Facilitating marine research cooperation between China and ROK
They facilitate and participate in China-Korea marine research cooperative plans and other international cooperative programs. They organize China-Korea seminars on issues of common interest. They encourage exchanges and cooperation between research institutions and administrative departments of the two countries. They promote technology transfer and exchanges of marine research results of both countries.


The Indonesia-China Center for Ocean and Climate (ICCOC)

The Indonesia-China Center for Ocean and Climate (ICCOC) was jointly established in Jakarta on 10 May 2010, by the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China, and the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia. ICCOC became a national level cooperation unit since 23 March 2012. ICCOC currently runs a joint ocean observation station in Bungus Bay, Padang, West Sumatra.

The major objectives of ICCOC are:

1.Development as the coordinator for the cooperative activities between China and Indonesia on marine science and technology, advancing marine scientific research, protection of marine environment as well as the sustainable use of marine resources .

2.The cooperative activities for the development of ICCOC will include, but not limited to:

  • establish joint stations for ocean observation;
  • develop infrastructure and facilities to support the ICCOC;
  • promote the concept of ‘Blue Economy’;
  • promote the exchange of scientists and officials program.

3.Supporting the Maritime Cooperation Committee established under the Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia .

International CLIVAR Global Project Office

The International CLIVAR Project Office acts as an arm of the WCRP Planning Staff and is responsible to the Chairs of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group for scientific direction and to the host institute for administrative matters.  Its overall mission is to help to facilitate international coordination and cooperation in support of the CLIVAR project.  

In April 2014 WCRP and SOA/FIO signed a memorandum of agreement to host the International CLIVAR Global Project Office and the International CLIVAR Project Office Executive Director at FIO. The agreement states that “Hosting of an ICPO node by FIO contributes to the broad recognition of FIO as an internationally leading ocean and climate research institute and is instrumental in establishing fruitful cooperation of FIO scientists with the global community of climate researchers united under the auspices of WCRP.”

In September 2015, WCRP and SOA/FIO signed an extension agreement on hosting ICGPO in next 4 years, as this new agreement, FIO/SOA will continue hosting ICGPO from September  2015 to August 2019.

The International CLIVAR Global Project Office will be responsible for:

The position of ICPO Executive Director, who also directs the ICGPO, and who is responsible for the overall operation of all the ICPO nodes.


CHINA - PEMSEA Sustainable Coastal Management Cooperation Center

CHINA - PEMSEA Sustainable Coastal Management Cooperation Center (CPC) was established on 9th December, 2014 by the support from both the State of Oceanic Administration (SOA) and PEMSEA jointly. It serves as a technical service institution for coastal sustainable management, the coordination and organization institution for the implementation of Sustainable Development Strategy for Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) as well as a cooperation platform between SOA and PEMSEA, which provides certification and training for Seas of East Asian areas. CPC now is located in Qingdao, Shandong province of PR China, and hosted by the First Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration, PR China. The establishment of CPC shall provide a platform for further cooperation between SOA and PEMSEA.

As a cooperation mechanism between SOA and PEMSEA, CPC shall perform the following duties: facilitate the effective implementation of SDS-SEA and scale up the implementation of ICM in China for the development of a marine ecological civilization; provide training and certification related to ICM for regional areas, and formulate and disseminate successful experiences, knowledge, technology and management innovations in the practice of SDS-SEA; offer technological support in ICM for the coastal local government; and conduct international cooperation related to ICM.

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