The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission has recently announced the launch of a public consultation on International Ocean Governance.
The aim of this consultation is to gather input on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. On the basis of the results and other sources of data and information, the European Commission will consider how best to develop a more coherent, comprehensive and effective EU policy on improving the international ocean governance framework.
Issues covered in the consultation document include:
- The importance of international ocean governance for managing shared resources such as fisheries, raw materials, shipping and combating threats such as climate change and international security.
- The effectiveness of the existing international framework for ocean governance based around the Law of the Sea, which is now being challenged by increased pressure on the oceans from human activity.
- The number of institutions with responsibility for the seas operating at different levels (global, regional, national and sub-national), lack of transparency, failure to ratify agreements and gaps in both geographical and thematic coverage.
- Lack of scientific knowledge about certain sea regions and the need for up to date information that reflects the impacts of human uses and climate change to assist decision making.
The consultation is open to individuals and organisations. Full details associated documents can be found HERE. The consultation closes on 15th September 2015.
Update: The deadline for submitting responses to this consultation has now been extended to 15th October 2015.