Marine Policy & Governance (3 ECTS)

Semester: 1st

Code: 18361000

Coordinator: Karim Erzini (

Objectives and Learning Outcomes: Capacity to understand legal regulations at international, national and regional level for marine resources exploitation and marine biodiversity conservation. Ability to analyze the valorization of marine resources. Ability to understand economic matters concerning externalities and natural resource management. Capacity for a multidisciplinary approach to marine resources and biodiversity. Ability to understand the complexities in managing existing marine protected areas and to adopt decisions for the establishment of new areas.Ability to include social and ecological complexity the management of marine resources. Ability for multidisciplinary work on biodiversity management at different administrative level and in a multi institutional framework


26 h of lectures + 12 h of theoretical-practical classes + 2 h of seminars + 44 h of independent work.

The student will use the time assigned as "independent work" to study for a written exam and write assays.


As the registration for any elective is mandatory, please wait for an email by the MSc Coordinating Team requesting the names of the electives that you plan to choose for your 2nd year, 1st semester.

NOTE - Enrollment in this elective unit is subject to a maximum number of students. Selection of students might be necessary.


Students will be presented a detailed syllabus at the beginning of the course both at the classroom and through the online teaching platform. Teaching will be based on group work, lectures, seminars, self-reliant study activities, field trips and a role play. The course will have a strong component of case studies.

Evaluation will be based on written exam with open and closed questions (40%), written essays (40%) and oral presentations and classroom performance (20%).


  1. Introduction to Marine Resource Management
  2. Ordination of marine space and resources
  3. Legal tools for protection of marine ecosystems
  4. Ecosystem services
  5. Economic valuation of natural resources
  6. Economic analysis of fisheries: Examples from fisheries management
  7. Foundations of Marine Conservation: the targets of marine conservation (from the nature for itself to nature for people)
  8. Classical view of MPAs
  9. Marine conservation in Europe
  10. High Seas Conservation
  11. Marine Spatial Planning
  12. Bottom-up approaches: TURFs, ITQs, Co-management
  13. Bottom-up approaches: Community participation and local ecological knowledge