SNAPP TEAM:Governing Changing Oceans
How can improved marine governance guide more responsible, equitable, and effective interventions in climate-impacted oceans?

Novel blue economy, blue carbon, and blue conservation interventions are being trialed and implemented to support climate-vulnerable oceans across the globe. Transitions in governance are needed to keep pace with novel interventions: to realize new opportunities, manage competing and escalating demand for marine resources, and mitigate risks and unintended consequences. How can marine governance transition to meet these new challenges? Answering this question is urgent, because while investment in climate-impacted oceans is accelerating, most interventions remain ad hoc, uncoordinated, and potentially ungovernable.


OUR APPROACH: Researchers in marine governance, fisheries, and climate science are collaborating with government and non-government experts in blue carbon, blue finance, blue conservation, Indigenous governance, co-management, and community resilience. The team’s mission is to collaboratively deliver governments, industries, NGOs, donors and ocean user groups and rights holders with practical insight on governance transitions that are fit for novel and rapidly emerging interventions in climate-impacted oceans.

Team Status: NEW
Team Critical Challenges: Climate Resilience, Social Innovations
  • Provide consensus view of the key features of new marine interventions and examples of application of these features in climate-vulnerable systems.
  • Co-design a marine intervention governance protocol and self-assessment tool to help decisionmakers identify governance capacity and needs, and to provide guidance on approaches to ensure responsible and effective intervention.
  • Work with leaders of marine organizations to tailor results and products for global, national, and regional application in temperate and tropical oceans.
Tiffany Morrison
James Cook University
Pip Cohen
Independent Practitioner (formerly WorldFish)
Gretta Pecl
University of Tasmania
Neil Adger
University of Exeter
Emily Darling
Wildlife Conservation Society
Imani Fairweather-Morrison
Oak Foundation
Georgina Gurney
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Cayne Layton
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Maria Carmen Lemos
University of Michigan
Cath Lovelock
University of Queensland
Lizzie McLeod
The Nature Conservancy
Kathy Mills
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Essam Yassin Mohammed
WorldFish-CGIAR, Penang
Bob Muir
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Navam Niles
Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka
Emily Ogier
University of Tasmania
Michael Phillips
Jon Barnett
University of Melbourne
Johann Bell
Conservation International
Adam Brancher
Southern Ocean Carbon Company
Katrina Brown
University of Exeter
Meg Caldwell
Packard Foundation
Terry Hughes
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Sangeeta Mangubhai
Talanoa Consulting Fiji
David Wachenfeld
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
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