National Ocean Governance Studies

Understanding ocean governance frameworks is fundamental to building sustainable ocean-based economies. By facilitating national ocean governance studies, DOALOS will help beneficiary States gain strategic insights in their legal and institutional frameworks relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea. This will allow States to enhance their implementation of UNCLOS and related instruments, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), strengthen their blue economy strategies and develop effective policies for relevant ocean sectors. 

The Ocean Governance Study will provide a high-level overview of the beneficiary State’s legal and institutional frameworks on ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including in priority sectors identified by the State, as well as a prioritized inventory of capacity-building needs.  

The Ocean Governance Studies will be conducted by consultants from the region. To build capacity of local researchers, the project also seeks to involve early career ocean academics, such as a PhD student or post-doctoral researcher, in the studies. DOALOS will support the development of Ocean Governance Studies, building on its experience and expertise in ocean affairs and law of the sea.

Participation in the ocean governance studies is reserved for States included on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee's list of Official Development Assistance (OECD-DAC) eligible countries. 

More information on the goals, process, output and expected commitments from beneficiary States can be found in the Ocean Governance Studies modalities outline


National focal point: National Director for Maritime and Fishing Policies (Dr. Felismina Antia).

The Study launched in July 2022.


National focal point: Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investments of the Republic of Indonesia (Mr. Radian Nurcahyo). 

The Study launched in June 2022.


National focal point: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy for Oceans (Mr. Andrew Rhodes).

The Study launched in June 2022.


National focal point: Ministry of External Relations, Department of the United Nations and Decentralised Cooperation (Mr. Ebénézer Mouandjo Mouandjo).

The Study launched in February 2022.


National focal point: Conseiller pour la mer (Mr. Laré Penn)

The Study launched in November 2021.


National focal point: SDGs Advisory Unit of the Office of the Presidency of Ghana (Mr. Dominic Asante Opoku-Manu).

In addition to the OGS, Government has selected Maritime Security and Sustainable Marine Fisheries as the two priority areas for the Study.


National focal points: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ms. Fatima Urriola) and the Ministry of Environment (Mr. Osvaldo Rosas).

In addition to the OGS the Government has selected marine genetic resources and governance in marine protected areas as the two priority areas for the Study.

Trinidad and Tobago

National focal point: Institute of Marine Affairs (Dr. Rahanna Juman).

In addition to the OGS, the Government has selected shipping and coastal tourism as priority areas for the Study.

Antigua and Barbuda

National focal point: Ministry of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy (Honorable Minister Dean Jonas, Ms. Kimbalie Constant, Ms. Marver Woodley) 

In addition to the OGS, the Government has selected mariculture, mining within national jurisdiction and ocean renewable energy as priority areas for the Study.

Viet Nam

National focal point: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ms. Pham Thi Le Thuy).

In addition to the OGS, the Government has selected Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management as priority areas for the Study.