This course explores ocean governance, its delivery through the marine management and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), 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 MSP will be explored and there will be an introduction of how to build a plan, and how to use MSP for good decision making. 

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. 

Upon successful completion of this course, participant will: 

  • Have a good understanding of the concept of ocean governance and its importance to the Blue Economy.

  • Have a good understanding of the types of marine management in Barbados and the interactions between them.

  • Have a good understanding of the benefits of using MSP to support the Barbados Blue Economy Roadmap and achieving 30% of Ocean under Biodiversity Protection.

  • Have an appreciation of how MSP can contribute to its operational work areas.

  • Have a good understanding of how evidence can support good decision making and the importance of developing a strategic approach to evidence development.