The course is run annually in September. Applications for the 2020 course are open and will close on the 19th April 2020.
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GOAL OF THE COURSE:
The course is designed to meet the need within Africa for awareness and training in ocean governance. It works towards building a sustainable core of experts on ocean governance on the continent. The course focuses on Africa and emphasises the benefits of harmonising ocean policies to promote a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management.
The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine responsibilities, functions or interests, from countries within Africa.
BASIC COURSE OUTLINE:
MODULE 1: OCEANS AND COASTS –OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
MODULE 2: THE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK
MODULE 3: GOVERNANCE TOOLS
MODULE 4: GOVERNANCE IN ACTION
MODULE 5: CREATING A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
FIELD TRIP AND ASSIGNMENTS:
There will be field trips during the course to demonstrate real examples of some of the governance tools and mechanisms. Participants will be expected to complete a number of assignments, one of which will be presented on the final day of the course.
- Build a core of well-informed decision-makers in Africa;
- Deepen the understanding of the importance of the regional seas and their resources in the context of regional politics and sustainable development;
- Provide insight into the regulatory frameworks for coastal and ocean governance, promote harmonization of policies;
- Build capacity to maximize the benefits afforded by implementing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other conventions;
- To promote the role of science and technology in supporting the development and implementation of ocean governance systems;
- To highlight emerging socio-economic and environmental issues and the need for ocean governance to adapt to changing scenarios;
- To present regional problems and explore potential solutions;
- To provide a forum for exchange of views between managers and researchers,
- Promote a better understanding of the science management interface in coastal and ocean management;
- To catalyse the establishment of an IOI network in the region comprising of past and future participants.