Can Non-State Governance through Information Increase Ocean Sustainability?

Published on
December 15, 2016

Hilde Toonen and prof. Arthur Mol co-authored a book chapter titled: Governing the Marine Environment through Information: Fisheries, Shipping, and Tourism. The chapter is featured in the the book Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management, published earlier this year.

In a blogpost on the website of Environmental Information: Use and Influence, Hilde Toonen reflects on the book chapter in a discussion of the role of non-state governance through information for ocean sustainability. An excerpt:

"Most parts of our oceans are out of sight, but not out of mind. A wide diversity of actors, ranging from governments, scientists, market players, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the public at large, are concerned about the well-being of the marine environment. Due to the invisibility of the challenges threatening our oceans’ beauty, these actors must, however, rely on observations and experiences intermediated by technology and experts. Taking care of, and action on, marine environmental deterioration is further complicated by limited government power, as the farther we go offshore, the less authority states have to deal with marine environmental problems. A well-known respond to this is the call for more (effective) state collaboration on the international level, but this is not the only promising path to pursue: limited state authority also opens room for non-state forms of environmental governance, both by market parties and NGOs."

Continue reading Hilde Toonen's blogpost via this link.