The training, which was carried out on 29th and 30th January 2024, was organized within the context of Ghana’s Sustainable Ocean Plan and discussed MSP concepts and best practices.
It also explored innovative ways of using MSP to protect the health of the ocean and boost Ghana’s Blue Economy.
The event was attended by senior officers from government and civil society organisations including the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Environmental Protection Agency; Petroleum Commission; Fisheries Commission; Ghana Police, and Hen Mpoano.
Special Advisor to the President on the SDGs and Sherpa to the President on Ocean Action, Dr Eugene Owusu noted that “Our ocean does not have a voice. We, collectively, have to be the voice of the ocean and the guardian of this cardinal source of life. It is in our enlightened self-interest to do so. Protecting and restoring the health of our ocean is not only a moral imperative. It is an absolute necessity.”
The support from IOC-UNESCO occurs within the framework of Ocean Action 2030, a voluntary coalition dedicated to supporting members of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) to develop and implement Sustainable Ocean Plans, an umbrella for marine policies that include MSP.
The assistance from IOC-UNESCO to Ghana was made possible and delivered under the MSPglobal 2.0 project co-funded by the European Union.
The project, which has activities in Togo, Benin, and Côte d’Ivoire, aims at strengthening institutions for knowledge-based and participatory national MSP processes, as well as improving regional ocean governance in the Gulf of Guinea.
In December 2020, the Ocean Panel launched its ‘Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy – A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity’ (Transformations) document.
The Ocean Panel, which comprises 18 Heads of State, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, committed to sustainably manage 100% of the ocean area under their national jurisdiction by 2025, guided by Sustainable Ocean Plans, and urged all coastal and ocean states to join this commitment so that by 2030 all ocean areas under national jurisdictions would be sustainably managed.
Ghana’s Sustainable Ocean Plan will cover six thematic areas; namely Ocean Wealth, Ocean Health, Ocean Equity, Ocean Knowledge, Ocean Finance, and Ocean Security.