for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for
about the programme
A Commitment to Improve Gender Equality in Ocean Research and Science Dependant Governance Systems
With support from Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the purpose of this research programme is to advance an alternative, inclusive model for the sustainable governance of ocean spaces and maritime activities that duly takes into account the need to ensure effective gender equality and the empowerment of women at all levels in order to ensure the sustainable management of the global ocean. For more information - download the Programme Brochure here.
The Programme aims to promote land-to-ocean leadership
opportunities in the broader context of implementing the Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This initiative recognises that diverse and intense anthropogenic activities are causing enhanced and cumulative
impacts on land, water and marine environments.
In order to develop governance and sustainable management options that are practically oriented yet responsive to dynamic processes, the Programme aims to foster a better understanding of the interconnected character of terrestrial, aquatic and marine
ecosystems flowing from source to sea.
The Programme is achieved by fostering multi- and interdisciplinary
challenge-led research and capacity building projects. The projects seek to address issues concerning balancing blue-green economic opportunities, the inclusion of social equity, environmental
quality considerations in land-to-ocean governance systems, as well as science-based solutions, and the need to take into account fundamental legal and governance concerns.
The research entails exploring the potential for joint action between
ocean, freshwater and land-based communities, the promotion of
innovation in governance, research and socially inclusive regulatory systems at different geographical scales and with multiple stakeholders, in particular, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
objectives & outputs
2 Research Strands
Role of gender equality and empowerment of women in ocean science bodies.
Gender equality in the regulatory and ocean science governance systems that coordinate, manage and mediate ocean science.
Meet the Research Team
Dr. Mariamalia Rodriguez-Chaves
"The acknowledgement of the critical role of women in different professional areas has been advancing, however there are still gaps and challenges that must be addressed, and finding those key issues through this project could identify tangible actions and opportunities to empower women in ocean science."
Understanding the role of gender in international bodies and NGOs involved in the practice and delivery of marine science.
"I’m interested in exploring how we can remove barriers, and identify strategies that will help encourage and promote women into leadership positions."
Understanding the role of gender in the practice of international marine science - The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) as a case study.
Renis Auma Ojwala
"It is never too late to change the negative social norms that hinder women participation in Ocean Science"
Recruitment, retention and advancement of women in ocean scientific research and governance in Western Indian Ocean Region.
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