International Ocean Governance Stakeholders Forum

International Ocean Governance Stakeholders Forum

The European Commission, in association with the European External Action Service, launched the International Ocean Governance Forum. The International Ocean Governance Forum (IOG-Forum) provided a platform for actors, stakeholders within and beyond Europe for an interactive dialogue on ocean challenges and governance solutions in support of the follow-up and further development of the EU International Ocean Governance Agenda. This agenda has made healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient oceans its mission through a coherent cross-sectoral and rules-based international approach to ensuring a sustainable future for our oceans. The focus will be on improving the international ocean governance framework, reducing pressure on oceans and seas, creating the conditions for a sustainable ‘blue’ economy, and strengthening the ocean knowledge system.

FT led and managed the overall project. Further FT supported thematic working group three of the International Ocean Governance Forum on Strengthening the Ocean Knowledge System. This working group focused on how the EU provides leadership to further advance the role of research innovation and data in international ocean governance, particularly within the framework of the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030). Strong international cooperation was needed to fully benefit from the opportunities provided by a solid ocean knowledge base, which was crucial for tackling threats to ocean health and their cumulative impacts. The working group covered topics to support the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including supporting ocean research, data frameworks, strengthening earth and ocean observation systems, research alliances, and the ocean science-policy interface.

Finally, FT organised 3 IOG Forum conferences/webinars.

Further information can be found here.

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Marine Management






Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)

geographic scope:

Black Sea, Rumania, Bulgaria, Mediterranean Sea, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Spain, Atlantic Ocean, Portugal, Ireland, North Sea, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Baltic Sea, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, all EU marine waters, EU-28


Thomas Dworak