The study shows that economic development is strongly linked to the cultural fabric, not just of the country, but of the locality. Here, a lack of trust of those in power had an influence on the conflict. The appointment of a mediator as an honest broker was a tipping point towards diffusion of tension and an adaptive response by all parties. The establishment of a body with a mandate to evaluate the application of ethical rules, based on good governance principles, is suggested as an option for a refined governance model.
The insights are relevant for the energy transition in jurisdictions around the world. Given the urgent need for decarbonisation and the potential for marine renewable energy, lessons from the past, as documented in this paper, can help to inform better governance of common pool marine resources. This is increasingly important for the industrialisation of marine renewable energy and the need to reconcile the interests of government, industry and civil society.
- Understanding the cultural fabric of communities can help mitigating marine conflicts.
- An honest broker approach is suggested to progress when entrenched views prevail.
- Trust is a key principle of good governance to achieve successful project development.
- Lessons from offshore oil and gas can inform best practice in MRE governance.
- Informing better marine governance is a prerequisite to reconcile diverse interests.