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One world ocean:
One ocean community

New deadline for abstract submission: 
30 of June of 2014 

Pre-conference Workshop

Case studies of new mechanisms for improving ocean governance (to) Demystifying the Idea Ocean Governance

16 of November 2014 at the ‘Barcelona Conference’

This joint activity by partners and Friends of the Future Ocean Alliance (FOA) takes place as part of a series of pre-conference workshops of the ‘Barcelona Conference’: 2ND INTERNATIONAL OCEAN RESEARCH CONFERENCE (IORC) 17-21 November 2014. Please extend our invitation across your networks.

New deadline for submissions: 30 of June of 2014 (abstracts max 240 words). Submit at IORC.

Global ocean governance is neither fully absent nor fully ineffective, yet much remains to be done if it is to cope with the increasing pressures on an essential component of global growth and prosperity. The ocean has been on the agenda of many summits, from the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, in 1972, to the June 2012 Rio+ 20 Earth Summit. Yet, ocean governance is only loosely mainstreamed from global to local levels.

This workshop aims to discuss the many different - partially overlapping but far from compatible - uses of the trendy concept of governance among those who think about contemporary ocean issues. The idea would not be to pick a winner in the sense of a way of thinking about governance we would expect all to adopt. Rather, we want to bring some order to the existing chaos of thinking that goes under the rubric of ocean governance.

Key benefits:

  • Obtain evidence from empirical pieces of ocean governance
  • Be prepared for the changes in meanings of ocean governance applied in case-studies
  • Challenge your current assumptions about the concept of ocean governance 
  • Network with fellows and learn the different concepts of ocean governance used in different fora and by different types of constituents

FOA invites

FOA invites the submission of abstracts for the workshop ‘Case studies of new mechanisms for improving ocean governance: (to) Demystifying the Idea of Ocean Governance.’ This is a whole day workshop.

Co-produced by:

Larry Hildebrand
Professor, Head, Marine Environmental and Ocean Management Specialization. World Maritime University, Sweden

Oran R. Young
Research Professor, Global Governance. Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, USA


Robin Mahon
Professor, Marine Affairs. Director, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

Isabel Torres de Noronha 
Policy analyst, expert for ocean governance and cumulative environmental impact assessment. Director InventAr; Head of Future Ocean Alliance, Portugal
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