The Observatory for Coastal Marine Governance is a civil society organization, without political affiliation, dedicated to research, environmental education about the oceans and supporting local communities. It is an accredited organization by the UN Ocean Conference. Its areas of work are: marine justice and climate action, marine and coastal governance, and artisanal fishing.

Its work is inspired by the principles of environmental sustainability and environmental justice, respect for human rights and the Social State of Law.


The organization seeks to contribute to the capacity building of the communities that inhabit the coastal and insular territory, the protection of marine and coastal ecosystems, and the promotion of an equitable and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity


In 2030, the organization will be a benchmark in marine and coastal governance and marine justice, and will have contributed to the implementation of SDG 14, in particular the target of ensuring artisanal fishermen's access to biodiversity and fair markets.

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Our board of director is made up of the marine scientist Dr. Heidi Weiskel PhD, the environmentalist African lawyer Thuli Makama, professor Erin Daly, and the Colombian environmentalist lawyer Carlos Lozano

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Our team is made up of professionals from various areas, such as: law, marine sciente, engineering, international relations and sociology.

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We achieve our goals through environmental education, ocean literacy, and national and international advocacy.

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Our logo is inspired by the Pinctada Imbricata, known as pearl oyster or mother pearl. It is a native specie of Colombia and quite striking for its ornamented shell (and occasional pearls). Historically it has had traditional uses by Indigenous People, Afro-descendant and local communities. Unfortunately, it has been over-exploited and is at risk due to the acidification of the oceans, which affects its development.

Our thematic areas are: marine and coastal governance, marine justice and climate action, sustainable artisanal fishing, and ocean literacy. We develop our work in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 regarding measures taken to protect marine and coastal ecosystems, to promote the sustainable and equitable use of marine biodiversity, and to ensure the access to the biodiversity and fair trade for the small-scale fisher communities.

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In this section we share our columns published in the press, our blog, infographics on the thematic areas of the organization

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You can consult our annual reports on this link