Strengthening regional ocean governance


Strengthening regional oceans governance


Regional organisations (economic organisations, UNEP regional seas, FAO-related regional fisheries organisations, 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 mobilise the ocean community: the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdictions (the “high seas”) and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the Oceans.

However, some marine regions are experiencing structural difficulties that are limiting the effectiveness of initiatives: a lack of human and financial capacities within the secretariats of organisations, insufficient coordination with other global and regional institutions, and aweak 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 the SDGs, and in particular to:
  • mobilise certainmarine regions (West Africa, Western Indian Ocean, South Pacific) in the implementation of these two agendas, working with key organisations and their member States;
  • facilitate the exchange and transfer of experiences between the different marine regions, on the principle of North/South cooperation and through South/South collaborations;
  • better link global discussions and regional initiatives, as well as the processes associated with them.
This initiative is conducted in close cooperation with IASS, TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability, and UNEP, which together with IDDRI set up the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) in 2015.


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