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BRIEF April 21, 2023

Strengthening Capacity on Ocean Governance

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  • International agreements on oceans aim to promote international cooperation for their peaceful and sustainable use, including by reducing pollution, protecting biodiversity, and regulating fisheries. The World Bank, with PROBLUE support, has developed a set of tools and trainings to increase knowledge about ocean governance, treaties, and their implementation in national legal frameworks. By raising the level of understanding on the various international conventions that govern the oceans, this work aims to support the development of sustainable blue economies.

    Key Publications
    Ocean Governance Summaries 

    Ocean Governance Summaries book cover blue with school of fish photo
    Summaries of relevant international legal agreements on oceans, trade, fisheries, pollution and conservation, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and others.

    Legal Dimensions of Sea Level Rise - Pacific Perspectives

    Legal Dimensions Sea Level rise book cover
    This report reviews the projected impacts of sea level rise and ocean-related climate change on coastal States and presents a series of responses to key legal and policy questions faced by these States including impacts of sea level rise on the maritime rights of coastal States, the legal implications of an island State becoming uninhabitable, legal and policy options relating to human mobility in the context of climate change, and  the ways in which the international community is able to provide support for States that need to adapt to impacts from sea level rise.

  • The World Bank runs a training program on the main international conventions related to the oceans and the blue economy, in partnership with the Melbourne Law School, the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, the International Seabed Authority, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Center for Maritime and Oceanic Law at the University of Nantes.

    • Self-paced e-learning course is free and available online to all on the WBG’s Open Learning Campus. The course is currently available in English and French. The Spanish version of the e-learning course will be published in early 2024.
    • Regional workshops on key international legal frameworks on ocean governance are held with the objective of strengthening implementation at the national level and combatting growing threats to the marine ecosystem. The regional workshops are open to government officials, staff of partner institutions, and representatives from civil society and the private sector working directly on ocean governance issues.

    The workshops are free, and interested stakeholders are invited to submit an application based on calls for application. 

    • *** UPCOMING WORKSHOP for Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The workshop will be run in May 2024 in Spanish and English. Applications close on February 11, 2024, at 11.59 PM EDT. For more information and application details in English click here and in Spanish click here. If you missed the information webinar held on February 6, 2024, please watch the recording in English or Spanish to learn more about the workshop. 
    • Past workshops

    -    Indian Ocean Region. The workshop in Fall 2023 brought together 69 participants from 16 different counties. The training was delivered in English and French.

    -    Pacific. The workshop in Spring 2021 brought together nearly 50 participants from 19 countries.

    -    Africa. The workshop in Fall 2021 brought together approximately 90 participants from 28 different counties. The training was delivered in English and French.

    Illustrative feedback from training program alumni: 

    “One of the best trainings I’ve ever attended. The quality of the trainers and materials.

    I have never understood the issues as well as I understand them now.”

    “When I signed up, I thought this would be a light course. But it was not. This is school!”

     

    To learn more about and apply to these workshops, please check this page for updates or contact oceangovernancetraining@worldbank.org.

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    ***UPCOMING TRAINING for Latin America and the Caribbean Region will be run in May 2024 in Spanish and English. Applications close on February 11, 2024, at 11.59 PM EDT. For more information and application details in English click here and here in Spanish click here. If you missed the information webinar, held on February 06, 2024, please watch the recodring in English and Spanish to learn more about the workshop. 

    Managing the Oceans: Strengthening Capacity for Ocean Governance
    June 29, 2022

    Oceans and Climate Change: Emerging Issues in International Law and World Bank Operations
    June 29, 2021

    Ocean-Related International Conventions and the Blue Economy
    April 1, 2020  


  • Disclaimer: The written and other materials referenced below were compiled and prepared as part of the World Bank training program. They do not necessarily represent the views of the organizing institutions, their Boards of Directors, or their members. Nor do the materials or presentations imply the expression of any opinion on the part of the organizing institutions concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. In addition, the provision of information concerning developments relating to the law of the sea emanating from actions and decisions taken by States does not imply recognition by the organizing institutions of the validity of the actions and decisions in question. The materials provided were current as of July 2021.

    Self-paced e-learning course: The e-learning course is free and available online to all on the WBG’s Open Learning Campus. It provides an introduction to global ocean governance, including a primer on public international law related to the oceans and the international legal framework for the blue economy. The course is centered on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments addressing fisheries, marine pollution, conservation and biodiversity, climate change, maritime transport and shipping, marine scientific research, and activities in the Area, among other topics. This course includes 10 core modules and 9 elective modules, as well as an introductory module (Module 00). Core and elective modules are available in English and French and will also be made available in Spanish in early 2024. This training program was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the Melbourne Law School, the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, the International Seabed Authority, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Center for Maritime and Oceanic Law at the University of Nantes with funding from PROBLUE.    



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