The sun sets on the North Devon coast (Credit: Gordon Dryburgh)
The sun sets on the North Devon coast (Credit: Gordon Dryburgh)
Transformative ocean governance (TOG) is an innovative approach to managing the world's oceans that aims to balance economic development with environmental sustainability, social equity, and cultural values. It involves a shift from the traditional top-down management style to a more inclusive and participatory approach that involves all stakeholders, including local communities, indigenous peoples, and civil society. The future of TOG is likely to involve a number of key trends and developments, including greater recognition of the importance of the ocean, integrated approaches to ocean governance, use of new technologies, strengthened international cooperation and increased focus on economically viable sustainable development. 

Aims and benefits

This research forms part of a PhD undertaken by Kizzy Beaumont regarding transformative ocean governance (TOG). The overarching aim of the research is to explore emerging coastal transitions through the social and economic impact of transformational ocean governance.
The Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and the North Devon World Surfing Reserve (both the first of their kind in the UK) have been suggested as possible mechanisms for TOG. This part of the research aims to review the transformative capabilities of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and North Devon World Surfing Reserve, identifying areas of good practice, gaps, barriers and enablers to received benefits using a transformative ocean governance framework developed by Kizzy.

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