Strengthening regional oceans governance

Regional organizations (economic organizations, UNEP regional seas, FAO-related regional fisheries organizations, etc.) are a key component in the ocean governance system and have a central role to play in ensuring the implementation of the two major agendas that currently mobilize the ocean community: the governance of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions (“high seas”); and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Oceans.

However, some marine regions are experiencing structural difficulties that are limiting the effectiveness of initiatives: lack of human and financial capacities within the secretariats of organizations, lack of coordination with other global and regional institutions, weak relationship with the scientific community, etc.
The objective of this intervention programme is therefore to support regional initiatives on matters relating to the high seas and SDGs, and in particular to:
  • mobilize certain marine regions (West Africa, Western Indian Ocean, South Pacific) in the implementation of these two agendas, working with key organizations and their member States;
  • facilitate the exchange and transfer of experiences between the different marine regions, on the principle of North/South cooperation and South/South collaborations;
  • better link global discussions and regional initiatives, as well as the processes associated withthem.
This initiative is carried out in close cooperation with IASS and UNEP, which together with IDDRI set up the Partnership for Regional Oceans Governance (PROG) in 2015.

Current projects