Course in Ocean Governance for Africa

The 2017 Course in Ocean Governance will run from the 4th – 29th September 2017 in Cape Town. Applications closed on the 13th April 2013. Click on the links below for more information.

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To find out more about previous courses, including the schedules and course reports and 2016 participant discussions sessions, please click on the links below:

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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 five module course covers the opportunities and threats associated with oceans and coasts, the governance framework, tools and applications as well as how to create a supportive framework for effective governance.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • 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.

 

IMG-20151016-WA0008 TARGET AUDIENCE:

The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from countries within the African region.

 

BASIC COURSE OUTLINE

MODULE 1: OCEANS AND COASTS –OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS

This module reviews the value of the oceans to the planet and people through their role in regulating climate, the provision of living and non-living resources and their contribution to the economy through tourism, transportation and energy generation. In addition, it describes the various threats to the oceans, from pollution to invasive species, habitat destruction and over-exploitation of resources as well as issues such as climate change and maritime security. Together these underlie the need for sustainable use of the oceans through harmonisation of policies and strategies.

 

MODULE 2: THE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

An introduction to the relevant UN Agencies and other international and regional institutions as well as the international and regional regulatory frameworks, agreements, strategies and programmes with a particular emphasis on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the UNEP Regional Seas Programmes. The module then explores the implications of international and regional agreements for regulation at the national level.

 

MODULE 3: GOVERNANCE TOOLS

Legislation on its own is of little use and needs to be implemented through a variety of practical measures, both legal and technical. This module describes some of these tools including reporting, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, standard setting, monitoring and assessment, information management, planning, protected areas, remote sensing, modelling and GIS.

 

MODULE 4: GOVERNANCE IN ACTION

This module outlines in more detail the legal instruments and associated tools and how they are applied in specific sectors and areas including the maritime, energy and fisheries sectors; regulation of land-based activities, coastal development and tourism as well as dumping of waste at sea and biodiversity and livelihoods.

 

MODULE 5: CREATING A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

The effective implementation of regulations can only be achieved in the context of a supportive environment including public and political support. This requires a broad understanding and awareness of the value of the oceans to society and the economy, as well as a core of personnel in each country with appropriate training and experience. This module therefore covers issues such as stakeholder engagement, communications, conflict resolution and the building of awareness and capacity. It specifically addresses environmental economics and how it can be used to influence decision-makers and play a role in regulation using market-related and other mechanisms.

 

FIELD TRIP AND ASSIGNMENTS:

There will be a number of field trips during the course to demonstrate practical examples of some of the governance tools and mechanisms. In addition, participants will be expected to complete a number of assignments, one of which will be presented at a Round-Table on the final day of the course.

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