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.

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 […]

Budget earmarks $500m to mitigate Great Barrier Reef climate change

From  The Guardian The Turnbull government will allocate $500m to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. The funding, to be unveiled on Sunday and confirmed in the May budget, follows a recent study finding that 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave in 2016. The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in a $444m agreement to tackle crown-of-thorns starfish, reduce pollution and […]

Adapting Fisheries and Their Management to Climate Change

A new article “Adapting Fisheries and Their Management To Climate Change: A Review of Concepts, Tools, Frameworks, and Current Progress Toward Implementation” has been published in Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 2018, Vol.26(3), p.400-415, doi: 10.1080/23308249.2018.1445980 ABSTRACT As the body of literature on marine climate impacts accumulates the question is no longer whether marine ecosystems and their living resources are affected, but what we as scientists, managers and policy makers can do to prepare […]

Great Barrier Reef saw huge losses from 2016 heatwave

One-third of reefs in the world’s largest coral system were transformed by warmed waters, finds comprehensive underwater and aerial survey. Extreme heat in 2016 damaged Australia’s Great Barrier Reef much more substantially than initial surveys indicated, according to ongoing studies that have tracked the health of the coral treasure. The heatwave caused massive bleaching of the corals that captured worldwide attention. In a paper published on 18 April in Nature, researchers report1 that severe bleaching […]

Bright lights shining on the horizon for the Brazilian Ocean Economy?

The Brazilian government calls its ocean the “Blue Amazon”, an immense Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that is over 4 million km2 and encompasses nearly a third of the total marine and terrestrial area under national jurisdiction. The country has just announced the designation of the two largest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the South Atlantic around remote oceanic archipelagos that are unique in their geological origin, with large endemism and a rich marine and insular […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Ocean Interdisciplinary Research and Governance

Given the complexity of current environmental challenges, the interdisciplinary approach to science has gained increased awareness and use in the global scientific research community. The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Ocean Interdisciplinary Research and Governance will gather a critical mass of young scientists to discuss scientific knowledge of relevance to society. Audience: Graduate students (Masters and Doctoral course). APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – 30 MARCH 2018

Professorship Opening in Marine Governance at Oldenburg University, Germany

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Oldenburg jointly founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB). For the establishment of HIFMB, we invite applications for a joint W3-professor position in Marine Governance. HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by analysing the functional role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem and understanding the general principles […]

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