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Review of the Scientific and Institutional Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Support of a Bottom-up Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 Targets

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Department of Botany, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)/University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Department of Ocean Systems (OCS), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and Utrecht University, 1790 AB Den Burg, The Netherlands
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International Atomic Energy Agency, 4a Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco, Monaco
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School of Science & Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
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Departament de Física & Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre, 1400 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 1 June 2020 / Revised: 28 June 2020 / Accepted: 1 July 2020 / Published: 6 July 2020
Capacity building efforts in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are indispensable for the achievement of both individual and collective ocean-related 2030 agenda priorities for sustainable development. Knowledge of the individual capacity building and research infrastructure requirements in SIDS is necessary for national and international efforts to be effective in supporting SIDS to address nationally-identified sustainable development priorities. Here, we present an assessment of human resources and institutional capacities in SIDS United Nations (UN) Member States to help formulate and implement durable, relevant, and effective capacity development responses to the most urgent marine issues of concern for SIDS. The assessment highlights that there is only limited, if any, up-to-date information publicly available on human resources and research capacities in SIDS. A reasonable course of action in the future should, therefore, be the collection and compilation of data on educational, institutional, and human resources, as well as research capacities and infrastructures in SIDS into a publicly available database. This database, supported by continued, long-term international, national, and regional collaborations, will lay the foundation to provide accurate and up-to-date information on research capacities and requirements in SIDS, thereby informing strategic science and policy targets towards achieving the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) within the next decade. View Full-Text
Keywords: SIDS; UN Member States; sustainable development goal 14; SAMOA pathway; capacity building; scientific infrastructure; IAEA; ocean challenges; nuclear and isotopic techniques SIDS; UN Member States; sustainable development goal 14; SAMOA pathway; capacity building; scientific infrastructure; IAEA; ocean challenges; nuclear and isotopic techniques
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Zitoun, R.; Sander, S.G.; Masque, P.; Perez Pijuan, S.; Swarzenski, P.W. Review of the Scientific and Institutional Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Support of a Bottom-up Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 Targets. Oceans 2020, 1, 109-132. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans1030009

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Zitoun R, Sander SG, Masque P, Perez Pijuan S, Swarzenski PW. Review of the Scientific and Institutional Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Support of a Bottom-up Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 Targets. Oceans. 2020; 1(3):109-132. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans1030009

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Zitoun, Rebecca, Sylvia G. Sander, Pere Masque, Saul Perez Pijuan, and Peter W. Swarzenski 2020. "Review of the Scientific and Institutional Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Support of a Bottom-up Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 Targets" Oceans 1, no. 3: 109-132. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans1030009

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