Mapping values

The ocean's intrinsic value, alongside the value it brings to society, is immeasurable. At the same time, we can express how the ways we interact with the ocean bring value to our communities and the natural world they rely on.

During this workshop, participants will be identifying which ocean practices matter to them and why: how do they increase or protect the value of the ocean? Also, they are invited to identify where they can interface or change the OBPS' own value chain (see below).

We'll be using a light-weight value flow analysis to help us at the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) develop our thinking around our platform and strategy to better fit what matters to the diverse ocean community.

The general approach

Every type of ocean practice - be it a standard specification, manual, guideline, or policy - brings value to someone. Each thematic track in this workshop will be provided with guidance on how to express this value to help the Ocean Best Practices System, and the wider ocean community, understand why they do what they do.

We'll also be providing support in uploading the documents, videos, audio files, or other digital media into the OBPS to ensure they are sustainably and securely archived, while being linked to key elements in ocean digital ecosystem.

The Ocean Best Practices System's Value Chain

Below, you'll see our current version of the OBPS' value chain, adapting elements of Porter's value chain analysis.

During the workshop, participants are invited to:

  • identify OBPS activities which their communities would like to participate in

  • identify how the OBPS (across its value chain) should change to better support your community in sharing, developing, discovering, endorsing, and converging methodologies to support best practice development.