International Cooperation

      Third Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (TIO) has established exchanges and cooperation with research institutions in nearly 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia etc. TIO has signed and fulfilled more than 20 cooperative agreements with overseas research institutions focusing on marine ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, integrated coastal management, ocean dynamics and air-sea interaction, the development and utilization of marine biological resources, coastal geology, and polar research, all of which have yielded fruitful results. In addition, it has worked actively with major international ocean-related organizations, such as UNDP, UNESCO, IAEA, APEC, IUCN, Conservation International (CI), among others.

      The institute has also participated in global ocean governance agendas, including the development of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and providing scientific support for the study on the issue of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). It has also successfully held eight APEC capacity building activities (covering marine spatial planning, integrated marine and coastal management, ecological aquaculture and the loss of fisheries),  APEC Blue Economy Forum, International Training Course on Radiological Analysis Methods for Marine Environmental Samples of IAEA, International Blue Carbon Forum, and other international conferences and training sessions, which have greatly enhanced its international influence in the maritime field.

      TIO has also initiated and implemented a series of international and regional cooperation projects.  The funds it has received a total of nearly 100 million yuan. Supported by related projects, it has built the marine park expert network and the marine park management experience sharing platform, as well as having developed the operation module of marine park management information systems, which have gradually promoted the network of marine protected areas.

      TIO has also established the China-France Laboratory of Deep-Sea Microbes with the French National Center for Scientific Research, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) and the University of Western Brittany in France. This facilitates the development of degree programs related to deep-sea life sciences and their personnel training in China, as well as the development and utilization of deep-sea genetic resources. Supported by the Chinese Government Ocean Scholarship, it has trained one Thai Master’s student, one Bangladeshi Ph.D. student and one Bangladeshi Master’s student, and one Ghananian Master’s student, all at Xiamen University, as well as one Thai Master’s student at Tongji University.

      In order to promote exchanges and cooperation between APEC members in marine economy, environment protection, management and technology, and to provide a sound platform for marine sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center (abbr. APEC Marine Center) was set up in TIO on November 1, 2011 in Beijing. This was the first marine cooperation mechanism established by China within the APEC framework. Since then, it has been deeply involved in the APEC regional marine affairs, and has actively participated in multilateral mechanisms and conferences such as the APEC Ocean-related Ministerial Meetings and the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group Meetings and prepared the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Report with APEC members,. This has all contributed to the mutually beneficial cooperation, and the sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific Ocean.