TMG Think Tank for Sustainability

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.

Sustainable Blue Recovery: Fostering Resilience for Marine Regions

Policy Brief

Sustainable Blue Recovery: Fostering Resilience for Marine Regions

Connecting People to Protect One Ocean

Written by Luise von Pogrell, Torsten Thiele, Sebastian Unger, Barbara Neumann, Laura Weiand, Piera Tortora, Julien Rochette, Klaudija Cremers, Glen Wright and Alexander Müller

Published on Jul 4, 2022

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

Report

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

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

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

Published on Jul 8, 2021

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

Article

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

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.

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

Published on May 4, 2021

Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

Report

Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

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.

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

Published on May 13, 2019

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