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

Ghana

DOALOS is working with the SDGs Advisory Unit of the Office of the Presidency of Ghana, as well as with consultants from the Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies of the University of Ghana, to conduct an Ocean Governance Study.

The Government has selected Maritime Security and Sustainable Marine Fisheries as the two priority areas for the Study.

The Study launched in June 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Panama

DOALOS is working with the Government of Panama to conduct an Ocean Governance Study.

The Study launched in September 2021 and is expected to be completed by the mid-2022.

Antigua and Barbuda

DOALOS is working with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to conduct an Ocean Governance Study.

The Study launched in July 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Viet Nam

DOALOS is working with the Government of Viet Nam to conduct an Ocean Governance Study.

The Study launched in September 2021 and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.