International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) is established as a cooperative research centre by the joint initiative of Department of Oceanography at the University of Dhaka and School of Law, University of Western Sydney, Australia on 27th March 2017
ICOG is the first research centre of its kind in Bangladesh. It can play a crucial role to achieve on the ground change, securing protection for the Bay of Bengal environment and the economic and social sustainability of all actors in the region. It can use its resources to build and enhance resource capacity of the Government of Bangladesh to govern and manage the activities in marine and coastal areas by providing new theoretical knowledge and practical experience on sustainable ocean governance to senior and mid-level career academics and government and non-government officials, researchers and students as well.
In order to acquire knowledge for conducting various economic activities and scientific research especially on Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Governance in the Bay of Bengal, an international centre named as ‘International Centre for Ocean Governance’ has been established under the Department of Oceanography as the first institution in Bangladesh of its kind which has started its journey since 2016.
Specific purposes for which ICOG can play its pioneering role are (but not limited to):
(a) to explore joint research opportunities, supervision of doctoral and postdoctoral students, staff exchange and training in various aspects of ocean governance.
(b) to build capacity of the Government of Bangladesh to transfer knowledge to its citizens on sustainable usage of ocean and its resources as well as to create a partnership between individual, governmental and non-governmental organization to increase awareness and to work on marine and coastal area management, and;
(c) to help the Government of Bangladesh to introduce an improved planning and management strategy of sustainable ocean governance that could create economic opportunities and positive initiatives for trans-boundary cooperation with other littoral States of the Bay (particularly with India and Myanmar) and contribute to the protection of the marine and coastal environment effectively.
Intended scholars and participants of ICOG may include university academics, members of the law reform commission, interested Parliament Members, government officials from various Ministries, particularly from the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Agriculture; law enforcing agencies including Coast Guard, marine police, naval officers, judges, intended marine investors, coastal community representatives and environment activists. Research students of UWS and DU working on ocean and coastal management issues can be attached with ICOG as a visiting research fellow.