Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance

Strengthening ecosystem-based approaches to regional marine governance

Maintaining healthy and productive ocean ecosystems is crucial for us all. The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet and is a vital support system for all life. It regulates the global climate, provides protein and essential nutrients for 1 billion people, hosts immense biodiversity and enables sustainable economic growth, renewable energy, international trade, and recreational and cultural activities.
Currently the ocean is under threat. Human activities such as shipping and fishing have intensified and expanded, and a range of new activities such as oil and gas exploration and potentially deep sea bed mining have developed. These economic activities generate pollution, overexploitation of resources and destruction of critical habitats, resulting in a growing negative impact on the integrity of ocean ecosystems and its associated ecosystem services. Climate change and ocean acidification compound the impacts of these activities and place further pressure on marine ecosystems and their services.
In many respects, current ocean governance is not sufficient: different sectors, such as fisheries or shipping, are regulated by separate bodies hardly interacting with each other. Due to the transboundary nature of the oceans, measures by individual states are not sufficient. To address current and emerging threats to the ocean, transformative governance approaches are needed and existing governance approaches and instruments need to be strengthened.
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What next for the Marine Regions Forum? Workshop report
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What next for the Marine Regions Forum? Workshop report

Planning begins for the Marine Regions Forum conference, 2022 / 2023
Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen regional ocean governance
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Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen regional ocean governance

Exploring the Marine Regions Forum's potential to facilitate progress in ocean governance and sustainability
Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes
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Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

TMG staff co-author an article on how collaborative efforts can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the world's oceans
The EU has what it takes to ramp up global ambition on oceans and climate
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The EU has what it takes to ramp up global ambition on oceans and climate

3rd International Ocean Governance Forum lays agenda for transformative Blue Economy pathways
Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen  regional ocean governance

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Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen regional ocean governance

Dr. Barbara Neumann, Sebastian Unger, Laura Weiand, Dr. Julien Rochette, Glen Wright, Alexander Müller

A discussion of the potential of the Marine Regions Forum to facilitate progress in ocean governance and sustainability transformations

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

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Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

Laura Weiand, Sebastian Unger, Julien Rochette, Alexander Müller and Barbara Neumann

The poor state of the ocean and the transboundary nature of the marine environment require bold action by States coordinated across sectors and territorial boundaries in order to deal with the manifold challenges the ocean is facing—and with it humankind.

Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

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Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

Sabine Christiansen, Duncan Currie, Kate Houghton, Alexander Müller, Manuel Rivera, Oscar Schmidt, Prue Taylor, Sebastian Unger

Half of the global ocean floor is legally set aside from State or private ownership as a common heritage whose control and management are vested in mankind as a whole.

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