Regional Consultations

Understanding regional needs and priorities

DOALOS will conduct consultations with regional intergovernmental organizations and others to gain insight in ongoing regional programmes and activities on ocean governance and to identify capacity-building needs and priorities in the region.  

This project activity will deliver an inventory of ocean-related capacity-building needs and priorities within regions. It will also aid in the identification of existing programmes on ocean governance to determine how the project can complement or reinforce such initiatives through customized training courses and other capacity-building initiatives.  

Topics that have been identified in an initial round of regional consultations as priority areas include maritime boundary delimitation, marine spatial planning, extended continental shelf, ocean governance and the blue economy. 

Regional consultations have been conducted with the participation of the following organizations:


  • Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (OPOC) 
  • Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Secretariat 
  • Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)  
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
  • University of the South Pacific (USP)


  • Abidjan Convention Secretariat 
  • Blue Ventures Madagascar
  • IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (IOCAFRICA)
  • Nairobi Convention Secretariat
  • Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)


  • IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) 


  • Cartagena Convention Secretariat
  • Central America Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD)
  • IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) 
  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Permanent Commission of the South Pacific (CPPS)