New study launched Research
At the Blue Justice Conference 2023, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Institute for Development and Sustainability (IDOS) launched a new study on Connections that matter: How the quality of governance institutions can help protect our Ocean. One of WoMen+Sea’s principal consultants, Julia Kercher, worked closely with UNDP to conceptualize and coordinate the study.
It finds, for example, strong evidence that meaningful and inclusive engagement of non-state stakeholder yields not only additional knowledge to design policies but also fosters trust, ownership and cooperation. This increases the acceptance and legitimacy of marine protection efforts and reduces conflict, resistance and illicit activity, thereby making them more effective.