This course explores ocean governance, how this gets delivered through the marine management and marine spatial planning, and why good decision making should be based on the best available evidence. It explores elements of ocean governance from a theoretical perspective and then looks to understand how these theoretical approaches get delivered on the ground in Barbados, in particular exploring the pros and cons of different approaches (e.g. regulatory vs voluntary) and the advantages of delivering management in an integrated way across policy areas or management regimes. 

The importance of marine spatial planning (MSP) will be explored and there will be exercises in understanding how to build a plan, and also how use MSP to support good decision making using a role playing exercise 

The importance of robust evidence as the base of marine decision making will be explored. This will include types of evidence used in decision making, case studies of where different types of evidence have informed decision making from emergency response to strategic planning and methods of developing robust knowledge transfer.