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Urban Coast Institute

Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series

The Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series assembles internationally recognized experts to discuss scientific and policy issues that hold important implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The series is jointly organized by Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute and Institute for Global Understanding.

All lectures are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. For more information, contact

Upcoming Lectures

November 5 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Connected, Dynamic, at Risk: Coastal Nation Interests in a Strong New High Seas Biodiversity Treaty

With Rutgers University Associate Professor Cymie Payne and Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and coordinator of early career professional engagement for the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science



ABSTRACT: Human exploitation of the open ocean has increased rapidly over the past few decades. International agreements that manage individual commercial sectors have not kept pace with the rate of expansion of maritime industries or the effects of climate change that are already being experienced, resulting in poor management of high seas species and ecosystems. Coastal nations like the U.S., with large exclusive economic zones (EEZs), may be the first to experience the negative impacts of poor management beyond their national jurisdiction: ecological connectivity across maritime boundaries connects hundreds of ocean species to the high seas. Years of negotiation are coming to fruition with a new treaty to manage conservation and sustainable use of life in the connected, dynamic global ocean. The challenge for governments is to prioritize long-term health over short-term sectoral interests with an effective treaty for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). It will be pivotal for ensuring the health and well-being of U.S. ecosystems and coastal communities.

Past Lectures

October 12, 2020

Antacids for the Sea: The Potential Role of Ocean Alkalinization Enhancement in Combating Climate Change

With Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at American University.

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