Diskussionrunde im Bremer Überseemuseum während der Konferenz der EU Cost Action ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability’, organisert vom ZMT. Teilnehmer: Dr. Lutz Möller (stellvertretender Generalsekretär der deutschen Kommission der UNESCO), Dr. Chua Thia-Eng (ehemaliger Vorsitzender der NGO PEMSEA), Christoph Spehr (Fair Oceans, Bremen), Kristofer Du Rietz (Vertreter der Generaldirektion für maritime Angelegenheiten und Fischerei der EU Kommission)

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The subject of governance of oceanic systems and coastlines is moving into the center of European strategic and sustainability interests. Yet, it suffers from a high degree of fragmentation and the lack of a cross-scalar approach to addressing prevailing policy shortcomings. The COST Action “Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 29 EU countries.

The network aims to establish an integrative vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The network differs from thematic predecessors in two distinct ways: While attending to the multiple flows and connectivities between varied marine systems together with land-and sea-based interfaces that are biologically, culturally, politically and socio-economically entwined, it first renders equal importance to strengthening regional and interdisciplinary dialogue, producing scientific output, crosscutting the natural and social sciences.

Synergistic issue – driven working groups have been created at a time when Europe is considering its role in global ocean governance, and will continue to evolve well after the COST Action OceanGov ends. The network creates a distinct multi-scalar and cross-sectoral platform for institutional partners across academia, policymaking and civil society, presenting inclusive spaces for transdisciplinary dialogue, capacity development and the advancement of practical toolkits that attend to science – policy gaps inherent within integrated ocean and coastal governance.

1. To assess priority issues that affect the governance of oceans and coastlines
2. To map and analyze the current institutional governance architecture in its fragmented and sustainability-challenged form
3. To develop governance theoretical and empirical evidence to enhance ocean sustainability by improving ocean related decision-making.

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OceanGoc website

COST Association website

Project Partners (Germany)


International Project Partners

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

University of Bremen

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam

Jacobs University Bremen- University of Kiel

German Marine Research Consortium (Office Brussels)

Geomar - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), France

Universidad del La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Durham University, UK

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Aalborg University, Denmark


Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Wageningen University, Netherlands

University of Groningen, Netherlands

VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal

National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

Universitat Autonoma Barcelona, Spain

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

University of Lucerne, Switzerland

University of Liverpool, UK

University of the Azores, Portugal

University Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Open University, Raoul Beunen

CEDIS - Centro de Investigacao e Desenvolvimento sobre Direito e Sociedade, Portugal

Future Ocean Alliance, Portugal

Lund University, Sweden

Queen´s University Belfast, UK

Ghent University, Belgium

Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

University of Bucharest, Romania

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Kroatia

University College Cork, Ireland

Lisode, France