The Center has extensive contacts and cooperative relationships with a number of institutions around the world. These networks are related to the international journal Ocean & Coastal Management which is edited at the Center (see O&CM Journal); the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands for which the Center serves as the Secretariat (see Global Forum); several academic exchange programs; the Ocean Governance Study Group (for which the Center serves as the Secretariat); and other institutions with which the Center has a special relationship. Several of these relationships are highlighted in this section.
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO
The Center is collaborating with IOC in the implementation of an IOC program in ICM, in the activities of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, and in the conduct of a number of capacity building efforts in various countries (e.g., Madagascar, China, and Korea).
The Center has been working with the IOC and the International Geographical Union (IGU) in formulating a joint program on oceans and coasts, involving the preparation of manuals and training materials in ICM. The Center will be a partner in the IOC/IGU work on these projects. The Center collaborated with the IOC, as well, in the organization of a conference on Coastal Megacities and Integrated Coastal Management held in Shanghai, China in September 1999.
Together with the IOC and many other institutions around the world, the Center co-sponsored two major global conferences relating to international marine policy: Oceans and Coasts at Rio plus 10: Assessing Progress, Addressing Continuing and New Challenges (UNESCO, Paris, December 3-7, 2001), and the Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands: Mobilizing for Implementation of the Commitments Made at the 2002 World Summit On Sustainable Development (UNESCO, Paris, November 12-14, 2003).
United Nations Environment Programme/Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (UNEP/GPA)
The Center recently concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNEP/GPA Coordination Office in The Hague, Netherlands, to collaborate in the creation of Internet-based materials on integrated coastal management and on the control of land-based sources of marine pollution.
The Center also collaborated with UNEP to convene oceans-related meetings at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, August 2002) and the Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands: Mobilizing for Implementation of the Commitments Made at the 2002 World Summit On Sustainable Development (UNESCO, Paris, November 12-14, 2003).
Exchange Consortia and Academic Partnerships
The Center administers a number of educational ex-changes with other nations to promote the exchange of best practices in coastal and ocean management and to enhance cross-national cultural understanding. Details on individual programs are available in the Education and Training section of this website
Ocean Governance Study Group (OGSG)
The Center serves as Secretariat of the Ocean Governance Study Group in close association with colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley (Professors Harry Scheiber and David Caron), the University of Hawaii (Professors Jon Van Dyke and Casey Jarman), and the University of Massachusetts (Professors Jack Archer and Richard Delaney) who, together with Center faculty, comprise the Group's steering committee. An alliance of more than 30 marine policy leaders at academic institutions across the United States, the OGSG was created in 1991 to conduct analyses on improved national ocean governance. The work of the Ocean Governance Study Group has been primarily supported by the Sea Grant Programs of California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi-Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington. The Group has produced a number of publications (largely prepared at the Center) which have achieved wide circulation, and organized conferences in 1992 (in Honolulu), in 1993 (in Berkeley), in 1994 (in Lewes), in 1995 (in Honolulu), in 1996 (in Boston), in 1998 (in Washington, D.C. and in Berkeley), and in 1999 (in Washington, D.C).
Marine Affairs and Policy Association (MAPA)
Center researchers played a leadership role in the formation of the Marine Affairs and Policy Association in 1991 and in its administration since that time. This professional association was formed to promote education and research in the marine policy field. Current MAPA activities include preparation of information materials on the nature of the marine policy profession and education and training opportunities at various institutions.
International Centre for Coastal & Ocean Policy Studies (ICCOPS)
The Center has close working relations with ICCOPS and its Scientific Director, Dr. Adalberto Vallega, who also serves as Associate Editor of the Ocean & Coastal Management Journal. Professors Cicin-Sain and Knecht serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee to ICCOPS, and have participated in major conferences sponsored by ICCOPS in Genoa. Close collaboration exists between the Center and ICCOPS in following the implementation of UNCED agreements; ICCOPS is an NGO accredited to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and to the UNEP Regional Seas Program.
UN Law of the Sea Office (UNDOALOS)
The Center was selected by theUnited Nation's Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS) as one of nine Centers around the world to participate in the UN Train-Sea-Coast Program's coordinated set of training courses in ocean and coastal management to be taught in different countries. The other Centers involved include: Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica); University of Wales; University of Plymouth (United Kingdom); Centre de Recherche Oceanographique (Senegal); Universidad do Rio Grande (Brazil); Indian Institute of Technology (India); Prince of Songkhla University (Thailand); ICLARM (Philippines); and University of South Pacific (Fiji). The Center is working on a course module on management of coastal and ocean conflicts.
Marine Environment Research Center of the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA/CRAM)
In November, 2000, CSMP and the Marine Environment Research Center of the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA/CRAM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning collaborative activities relating to coastal management research, information dissemination, and education and training. ENEA/CRAM is charged by the Italian Ministry of the Environment to develop Italy's national coastal strategic plan by the year 2002 to be implemented at the regional level. The MOU consists of six parts, related to : (1) exchange of information and documentation on coastal management activities, (2) carrying out of reciprocal visits of experts and faculty, (3) organization of workshops and seminars for coastal experts and managers, (4) preparation of specialized publications on selected issues in coastal management, (5) organization of summer schools for students at the postgraduate level, and (6) preparation of Web-based resources for educational and managerial purposes. The two organizations will focus their initial activities on exchanges of experiences and the preparation of publications on marine sanctuaries and the protection of coastal cultural heritage.
Collaborative Programs under Development Ghana
With the sponsorship of the World Bank and in cooperation with the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, the Center is developing a library on integrated coastal management to be housed at the University of Cape Coast.
Discussions are underway with the Mexican federal coastal agency (Direccion General de la Zona Federal Maritimo Terrestre (ZOFEMAT), of the Subsecretaria de Recursos Naturales to develop a cooperative program involving the conduct of training courses on ICM for policy makers, joint preparation of specialized materials on ICM in Spanish, and conduct of ICM capacity-building workshops for state and federal agencies in Mexico. ZOFEMAT and the Center cooperated very closely in the organization of the Coastal and Ocean Space Utilization (COSU) 2000 conference on North American and European Perspectives on Ocean and Coastal Management: Building Partnerships and Exploring the Technological Frontier, held in Cancun, Mexico, November 1-4, 2000.