ANCORS staff and fellows are integrally involved with the dynamic development of oceans governance frameworks. While acknowledging the fundamental role of the LOSC as a basic jurisdictional framework for the oceans, the period since its adoption has witnessed the rapid evolution of further norms and principles relevant to the management of ocean space. Most of these principles and approaches relate to the protection of the marine environment and the conservation and sustainable use of its biodiversity and resources. They include the principles of sustainable development, the prevention of transboundary harm, the precautionary and ecosystem based approaches and the duty to cooperate in achieving all these objectives. The growing array of threats to the oceans including overfishing, destructive fishing practices, marine pollution and climate change demands new governance responses at the global, regional and national levels which are integrated and precautionary in nature and encompass the full ambit of marine and coastal areas. ANCORS expertise in oceans governance spans areas such as sustainable fisheries conservation and management, area based management including the establishment of marine protected areas and marine spatial planning, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment in coastal and marine areas and law and policy frameworks for maintaining blue carbon elements such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds.
ANCORS staff, fellows and higher degree research students are currently working on research projects and consultancies related to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction at global and regional levels, law and policy frameworks to maintain blue carbon, best practices for marine spatial planning and economic incentives to maintain marine and coastal ecosystems. They have deep expertise in evolving governance frameworks related to marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and climate change and the oceans.