IORA Blue Carbon Hub Early Career Ocean Professionals Program 2023

Deadline: 30th June 2023.

IORA Blue Carbon Hub Early Career Ocean Professionals Program 2023

Blue carbon ecosystems help support food security and livelihoods and play an important role in disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, when degraded they can become significant sources of greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Robust science, policy and governance frameworks are key to protection and restoration of this important natural capital. Recognising this, the IORA Blue Carbon Hub aims to build knowledge and capacity relevant to protecting and restoring blue carbon ecosystems throughout the Indian Ocean, in a way that enhances livelihoods, reduces risks from coastal hazards, and helps mitigate climate change. The Hub’s activities are broadly divided into two nodes: science and finance.

Applications are now open for early-career (<6 years since graduation from highest degree) ocean professionals from IORA Member States to visit the Hub’s office at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Perth (Australia) to undertake a project — projects can include activities such as original research, reviews or development of policy briefs, but we encourage applicants to suggest their own ideas. Visits will be from 6-8 weeks in duration, over the months of September – November 2023. Applicants should nominate collaborators that they wish to work with. Costs associated with the visit (airfares, accommodation, visa application fees) will be covered by the Hub, but salaries are not covered. Successful candidates will be selected through a competitive process.

Applications are open to citizens or residents of an IORA Member State. Applicants should send their application to with copy to the IORA Secretariat addressing the following (we encourage applicants to provide this information under separate headings):

1. Name, title, country and institutional affiliation
2. Node of proposed activity: science or finance
3. Proposed activity (no more than 500 words)
4. Proposed collaborator(s), including their role and institutional affiliation.

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2023. Applicants will be notified by the end of July.

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