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Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance: International Forum for Advancing Regional Ocean Governance
by Germany (Government)
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen regional cooperation for the protection and sustainable development of the oceans. The current fragmented nature of marine governance is becoming increasingly incapable of adequately responding to the ever more complex impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems and developing integrated solutions. Therefore new forms of solution-oriented knowledge generation and transdisciplinary exchange are needed to find suitable responses. The Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) that is supported by the German Sustainability Strategy will be starting point for the development of a conceptual approach for effective cross-sectoral governance for the protection and sustainable use of the oceans, and regional exchanges of "good-practice" examples. Through this project existing structures will be supoprted and further strengthened in dialogue with State actors, civil society, and science, as well as interested representatives of regional and international organizations. In addition to help advancing governance processes within marine regions ("regional cooperation"), a focus shall be given to learning and dialogue processes between regions ("region-to-region"), as well as between the regional and global levels ("region-to global"). These approaches shall be developed through and discussed with national and international partners at a first international conference (PROG FORUM) with a view to discuss its long-term application for strengthening international cooperation in the field of marine protection, both at regional and at the UN level.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
October 2020
PROG FORUM to provide (1) a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences between regions to stimulate discussions on lessons learned, identify good practice, and develop integrated governance approaches, and (2) a tool to facilitate cooperation and coordination between different regions and help to articulate the benefits, needs and opportunities of regional oceans governance.
Financing (in USD)
620,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 10/2017 - 10/2020
Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) through IASS, IDDRI, TMG-Think Tank for Sustainability and UN Environment.
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Partner regions of the PROG, representatives from national and regional organistations, civil society and research.
Contact information
Ingo Narberhaus, Dr, ingo.narberhaus@bmu.bund.de,
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