The sub-project of the DAM-CREATE research consortium, implemented at DIE, focuses on the analysis of global ocean governance. We conduct research on the interplay of global and regional institutions, as well as on uses of marine resource and local practices of governance by various stakeholders in the coastal regions of the North Sea and the Atlantic (West Africa). The DIE participates in a research mission of the Deutschen Allianz für Meeresforschung (DAM) „Protection and sustainable use of marine areas“ (sustainMare). The CREATE consortium conducts research on cumulative effects of uses on marine biodiversity at the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The research approach of CREATE builds on the close cooperation between different social and natural sciences and followns an interdisciplinary research design.