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Institute for Coastal and Marine Research

From 22-24 January 2020, the Transformed and Transformative Ocean Governance Conference (TTOG) will be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Unibersity by the CMR, SARChI Law of the Sea and Development in Africa, SARChI Marine Spatial Planning, International Ocean Institute (IOI), and the One Ocean Hub (OOH).

Rationale and Aim
In the preamble of Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the outcome document of the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda adopted by Resolution 70/1 of 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly resolved "to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet". It also indicated that is was 'determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resillient path" and pledged that "no one will be left behind". 

Sharing the same resolve, determination and pledge, the organisers of this conference structured the event on the premises that:

  • It is imperative to transform the way humankind impacts and relies on the oceans;
  • To that end, ocean governance needs to assume a transformative role;
  • In order to do so, ocean governance needs to be transformed.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for a wide range of ocean experts and stakeholders to engage with the latest developments impacting on ocean governance from developmental, ecosystem-based and human-rights-based approaches, before starting to reflect and give direction on what transformed and transformative ocean governance means and requires.

Presenters & Other Participants
A maximum of 100 participants can be accommodated. Participants who are not directly invited will be expected to submit an expression of interest in participating. The presenters will be leading experts in their field who are willing and able to address a multidisciplinary audience. The conference is an international event and the terms "transformed" and "transformative" have a wider meaning that they are often given in South Africa.

Day 1
   Keynote Address: The Transformation Imperative
   Session 1: Ocean Governance
       The legal framework of ocean governance
       The international and domestic politics of ocean governance
   Session 2: Developmental Approaches
       Inclusive and equitable development
       Multi-sized development
       The blue economy
       SDG 14 - Life below water
   Cocktail Function

Day 2
   Session 3: Ecosystem-Based Approaches
       The value of ocean health
       The measurement of ocean health
       Fisheries management for ocean health
       Planning for ocean health
   Session 4: Human-Rights-Based Approaches
       Discussions around four questions/issues. Details to be confirmed
   Conference Dinner


Day 3
   Session 5: Transformed and Transformative Governance
   Plerany Discussion


  1. Policy document for the South African government
  2. Publication of articles in special issue of Marine Policy
  3. Thematic papers in Journal of Ocean Governance in Africa

Organising Committee (OC)

  • Dr Bernadette Snow (CMR & Chairperson)
  • Prof. Mandy Lombard (SARChI: Marine Spatial Planning)
  • Prof. Patrick Vrancken (SARChI: Law of the Sea and Development in Africa)

Technical and Scientific Committee (TC) 

  • Prof. Patrict Vrancken (SARChI: Law of the Sea and Development in Africa & Chairperson)
  • Prof. Mandy Lombard( SARChI: Marine Spatial Planning)
  • Dr Bernadette Snow (CMR)
  • Dr Adnan Awad (IOI-Africa)
  • Dr Elisa Morgera (OOH)

Queries can be directed to the Chairpersons for the Organising Committee and the Scientific Committee. Contact details are in the sidebar.

Contact information
Prof Patrick Vrancken
Incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa
Tel: 27 41 504 2200

Dr Bernadette Snow
Tel: 041 504 2649

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