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Ocean governance


Ocean governance ties together all the focus areas of the maritime cluster in Västra Götaland. This focus area evolves around laws and regulations and includes everything concerning regulation of activities and impacts on the sea.

Cultural and legal tradition has resulted in various regulations regarding the use of marine resources. Consequently, there are overlaps and in some cases also conflicts between these regulations. Knowledge and collaboration is therefore needed to avoid that these different regulations undermine regional development in coherence with political goals.

An efficient, ecosystem-based governance of maritime resources also requires the integration of various instruments for marine governance. This implies that several acts and policies with relation to e.g. environmental protection, energy, fisheries and transport at sea are taken into account. Similarly, in order to obtain successful ocean governance, there is a need for comprehensive integration between different levels of governance; from the international and national levels to the regional and local levels. It is therefore important that involved actors and the governance system effectively collaborate and communicate with each other.

On this background, the objective of the ocean governance group is to develop collaboration on ocean governance and maritime spatial planning with focus on the municipal level. This work includes dealing with related regulations and strategies in collaboration with relevant actors in the region of West Sweden as well as internationally. We work in different ways to raise the level of knowledge about ocean governance among key stakeholders and to establish arenas for the exchange of research results and experiences between governance, academia and the industry.

Links to Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in EU

European MSP Platform>>

Host organization

Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg

Visiting address: Seminariegatan 1F

Postal adress: Box 260, 405 30 Göteborg

Ambassador Ocean governance

David Langlet, Professor in law of the sea, Department of Law

School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Contact person Maritime Cluster

Jessica Hjerpe Olausson

Maritime expert

Phone: 0046 070-080 60 18


David Langlet

Professor in Ocean Governance Law School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg david.langlet@

Ingela Isaksson

Project Manager Marine Spatial Planning County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Agency ingela.isaksson@ 010224871

Carl Dahlberg

Process leader Tillväxt Bohuslän carl.dahlberg@ 0768082260

Linda Lingsten

Analyst Marine Spatial Planning Department for Marine and Water Management linda.lingsten@ 0106986131

Ulrika Marklund

Environmental officer Orust kommun ulrika.marklund 0304334208

Elenor Loyd

Head of department Water environemnt Coynty Administrative Board of Västra Götaland elenor.loyd@ 0703079338

Caroline Perlström

Senior Associate Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå caroline.perlstrom 0313551621

Krister Olsson

Coordinator Fiskekommunerna krister.olsson@ 0702973900

Jonas Nilsson

PhD University of Gothenburg jonas.nilsson@ 0761486080

Susanne Lindegarth

Researcher University of Gothenburg susanne.lindegarth@ 0766229678
Updated: 2018-03-22 11:48