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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Oceans and the Seabed: The Centre of Attention for Geography and IBRU

(3 March 2016)

Workshop delegates from Japan, Barbados, Namibia and
the USA discuss continental shelf issues

The OceanGov group, which has been funded through a European Union COST Action Initiative, was created to address the urgent need for an integrated and interactive approach to managing Europe's marine and coastal spaces. In particular, it addresses the pressing question of how to redress institutional fragmentation by strengthening a regionally integrated perspective on sustainability challenges which were previously interpreted through an explicitly local or global lens. This four year project brings in expertise from twenty four countries involved in the initiative, with Professor Steinberg leading the Seabed Resources working group.

IBRU's maritime focus will continue in 2016 with a further professional training workshop on 'Islands in Maritime Jurisdiction & Boundary Delimitation', which sees the centre team up with The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. The workshop, which will take place in November, follows the hugely successful February workshop on the outer continental shelf which saw lawyers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and other Government agency representatives from ten different countries exchange ideas and experiences on the problems of continental shelf delimitation.

Further IBRU-led research on seabed governance, exploring the interaction between the 'precautionary principle' and the designation of the international seabed as the 'common heritage of humankind', is presently being initiated by Professor Steinberg in collaboration with IBRU Post-Doctoral Research Associate Marta Conde Puigmal.
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