DOALOS/Norad Programmes of Assistance

Strengthening the strategic capacity of developing States in ocean governance and the law of the sea for sustainable ocean economies

Why ocean governance?

The ocean provides uncountable benefits to States, including economic opportunities through the sustainable use and management of marine resources, ecosystem services such as coastal protection and weather regulation, as well as cultural, recreational and spiritual benefits.  

To harness the potential of the ocean, developing States require adequate legal and institutional frameworks that foster sustainable ocean-based economies (“blue economy”). Strengthening ocean governance thus lies at the foundation of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

DOALOS and Norad partnership 

Funding for the project is provided by the Government of Norway as part of its newly established Oceans for Development programme, which is managed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The project activities will be implemented by  DOALOS, drawing on its long-standing experience in delivering responsive programmes of assistance in ocean affairs and the law of the sea. 

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What does the project aim to achieve? 

The project will provide capacity development and technical assistance for developing States over a four-year period to reinforce their capacity to implement the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and related agreements, and to better harness the benefits of the blue economy including through more effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The project is designed to ensure that the beneficiary States are fully involved in identifying and developing related capacity needs and priorities. It will promote inclusiveness and gender equality in all its activities.

What are the opportunities for beneficiary States?

The project will help beneficiary States identify and address capacity gaps at the national and regional levels to overcome critical capacity-building barriers. Consequently, it will enable the beneficiary States to better address strategically important and time-sensitive law of the sea and ocean governance issues, and ultimately, promote strengthened, sustainable and inclusive ocean economies. 

What are the key activities of the project?