Ocean Governance

Taskforce on Ocean Governance

The Taskforce on Oceans Governance seeks to address the daunting multi-level challenge of oceans governance in the Anthropocene. It serves as platform in the Earth System Governance Project for oceans related research and will be actively cooperating with other research activities, as well as scientific and policy institutions, and ongoing policy processes related to the Oceans.

Future Earth OCEAN Knowledge Action Network & ECR NoN

    These webinars, created by early careers for early careers, will aim at improving our understanding of interactions between science and policy, give recommendations on how to best communicate science to policy makers, and learn from the experience of senior researchers and professionals. Register here for the webinars How can scientific knowledge be effectively translated into concrete policies? Why is there such a large gap between science and policy, despite continuous bridging efforts? And […]

71 countries are negotiating a new biodiversity treaty. Here’s what you need to know.

Article in the Washington Post by Elizabeth Nyman, Elizabeth De Santo, Elizabeth Mendenhall, and Rachel Tiller (September 19, 2018) on the first round of negotiations for a new “international legally binding instrument … on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.”

Job Vacancy for Aquaculture Sector Specialist

Wageningen Economic Research Institute is looking for a talented colleague with a market- and customer-oriented attitude and a great affinity for applied scientific research that will support public and private policy makers with respect to the international position of aquaculture for food systems of delta metropoles. You will be conduting research in close contact with your clients and you based in The Hague, the Netherlands. For more information, see RER Aquaculture Sector Specialist EXTERN.

New paper in PNAS: Beyond Panaceas in Fisheries Governance (Focus on ITQs)

Fisheries management has often been characterized by regulatory policies that result in panaceas—broad based policy solutions that are expected to address several problems, which result in unintended consequences. In fisheries governance, individual transferable quotas (ITQs) are one such example. Countries set an allowable harvest level reflecting environmental targets and then allocate individual quotas to fishers, which can then be exchanged. Proponents argue that this system is competitive and enables economic efficiency and environmentally sustainable outcomes. […]

Call for abstracts for an ISA panel on Ocean Governance issues

*UPDATE – ALL FILLED UP* The call for proposals for the International Studies Association conference, in Toronto March 27th-30th 2019, are out, and we are putting together at least one panel proposal on Ocean Governance issues – or on ” multi-level challenge of oceans governance in the Anthropocene” as the Task Force on Ocean Governance so eloquently phrases it. We would like to propose two panel, however, but to do that we need three more papers for […]

Survey on influences of global environmental assessments on sustainable ocean development

(Post on behalf of Kyle Fawkes an MSc student at UCC) As part of the research I am conducting with University College Cork, Ireland and Future Earth Coasts, I have developed a short survey to investigate the influences that global environmental assessments and in particular the First World Ocean Assessment have had on sustainable ocean development. If you consider yourself an advocate for the oceans and their sustainability, or if you interact with the oceans on a regular basis, you should take this […]

Article on the BBNJ treaty and Marine Litter

A new article on the BBNJ treaty as well as the challenge of marine litter in the form of plastic pollutions  entitled “Ocean plastics and the BBNJ treaty – is plastic frightening enough to insert itself into the BBNJ treaty, or do we need to wait for a treaty of its own?” has been published OPEN ACCESS in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-018-0495-4  ABSTRACT Marine litter, and plastics in particular, is fast […]

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