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UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) innovators have seen significant progress in their work and gained global exposure in demonstrating their transformative, replicable and scalable innovations. Let's take a closer look on their outputs and outcomes, and achievements so far. 


Second Cohort of Ocean Innovators on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Less than a year since their launching, our second cohort innovators, focusing on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, continue to achieve numerous milestones in the implementation of their work. 


Progress as of April 2023:

Q2 2023 Cohort 2 progress

SmartFish Rescate de Valor AC published their guidelines on value rescue process that aims to develop fisheries that deliver high-quality, food-safety certified seafood that is independently verified as environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. 

IPNLF-Maldives continues to work closely with the app developers and the women fisherfolk in Gemanafushi Island to complete the #Dhumashi, a mobile app designed to empower women in selling directly their produce online. WWF Peru's TrazApp is continuously being upgraded and improved to help promote transparency of transactions and real time information in artisanal fisheries supply chain.

Surrey Space Centre and ODI work on further developing and validating a nearly real-time satellite-based information that aims to detect Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities. 

SafetyNet Technologies, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation, University of Exeter and Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia have been working closely with partners and local stakeholders through consultations and training activities that help empower communities and ensure their participation for the sustainability of the ocean innovations. 


Progress summary from 2022:

   Increasing Economic Benefits for Women fish processors by IPNLF-Maldives


   Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and unsustainable behaviour of Distant Water Fishing Fleets by ODI 


  Bycatch Reduction Technologies in the Ecuadorian Gillnet Fishing Fleets by SafetyNet Technologies


   Value Rescue of Small-Scale Fisheries in Mexico by SmartFish Rescate de Valor AC


   A Space-Based Maritime Surveillance System for Fisheries Monitoring and Anomaly Detection by Surrey Space Centre


   Universal Fishery IDs: Expanding transparency, data flow, and equity for fisheries globally by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation


   Innovative fisheries management and aquaculture practices for Caribbean Spiny Lobster by University of Exeter


   Ending IUU in Peruvian small-scale fisheries through traceability technology by WWF-Peru 


   Renewable energy technologies to reduce post harvest loss and improve Small-Scale Tuna Fisheries by Yayasan IPNLF Indonesia 


First Cohort of UNDP Ocean Innovators on Reducing Marine Pollution 

After almost two years of OIC support, our first cohort innovators continue to wrap up the near-final results and outcomes of their transformative innovations. Ficosterra, Forum for the Future and AquaInSilico have their presented key insights and recommendations through their respective capstone events. Stay tuned from more events to come from our innovators Fundacion OneseaFortuna Cools, adelphi and Duke University


Progress summary from 2022:

   An EPR Scheme for plastic and packaging wastes by adelphi GmbH


   Phos-Value: Sustainable solutions for nutrient recycling by AquaInSilico 


   Establishment of a PET recovery and buy-back center by UNDP Comoros Country Office


  Global Plastics Policy Inventory by Duke University 

      Nutrialgae – Novel sustainable algae-based fertilizers by Ficosterra

   Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry by Forum for the Future

   Fortuna Coconut Coolers by Fortuna Cools

   Promoting laws to protect our oceans by Fundacion OneSea