Shackeroff, J.M., Atkinson, S.R., Awad, A., Beaudoin, Y., Canals, P., Durussel, C., Edwards, P.E.T., Gombos, M., Hornidge, Anna-Katharina, Lameier, M., Nakamura, T., Philibotte, J., Porché, I., Pratt, C., Forbes Robertson, L., Schwab, P. and Unger, S. (2016) Capacity Development for Oceans, Coasts, and the 2030 Agenda. . IASS PolIcy BrIef, 3 . , Potsdam, 16 pp. DOI

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Oceans, coasts, and marine resources are vital to human health and well-being. Protecting the long-term sus-tainability of our oceans will depend upon the adoption of effective ocean governance practices and the strengthening of the necessary ca-pacities and institutions. The recently adopted U N Sustainable Development A genda (2030 Agenda) offers a unique opportunity to advance sustainable ocean governance.The last decade has seen a shift away from conven-t iona l ma r i ne ma na gement , t y pica l ly cha racter-ised by single species, single issue approaches, and towards an approach that views oceans as holistic systems with human components.1 Marine ecosys-tem-based management (MEBM), as this approach is generally known, represents the best known prac-tice to ensure the long-term sustainability of oceans and the benefits that they provide. Most govern-ments and practitioners worldwide are transition-ing to MEBM in policy and practice.2 Its implemen-tation, we suggest, is fundamental to delivering on the 2030 Agenda for oceans and coasts.Despite the v ita l sig n i f ica nce of M EBM to the future of ocean health, longstanding obstacles have hindered its full adoption by most governments and management organisations. Fostering its adop-tion and implementation will require Capacity De-velopment (CD) measures focused on strengthening local and regional capacities and supporting key in-stitutions as they transition to MEBM and beyond. Many governments and organisations are calling for and engaging in CD. Little guidance exists, however, on how to fund, design, implement, and measure the impact of efforts to strengthen ocean governance capacities. This leads to inconsistencies in discourse and practice, and, as with marine management that ignores the human dimension, may bring harm to intended beneficiaries.3To address the need for guidance on strengthening capacity to support the transition to MEBM, the In-stitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies hosted a series of knowledge exchanges involving inter-national experts with decades of experience in ca-pacity development in marine and coastal manage-ment. The keystone event in this series was the 2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop, in which global participants contributed both policy and technical experience gained in communit y-based, government-to-government, and regional ocean governance initiatives, as well as global capacity de-velopment initiatives from across the world’s oceans and seas.

Document Type: Report (Working Paper)
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
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ISSN: 2196-9221
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 09:49
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