SAIMI Short training for local Government official and traditional leaders in coastal areas.  

The South African International Maritime Institute invited the International Ocean Institute of Southern Africa to be a partner in developing and presenting a short course at local level to enable municipal officials and traditional leaders to engage effectively with Blue/Oceans Economy projects and programmes in their area.

Judy Beaumont and André Share successfully facilitated three courses this year, 2-6 July Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo districts, 27-28 July Amathole Districts and 16-17 October Sarah Baartman Districts.

The expected outcomes for the course were: 

  • Enhance the trainee’s capacity to understand the Blue/Oceans Economy and its related projects.
  • Enlighten the trainees about the relevant policy and legislation informing and regulating the use of coastal and marine areas.
  • Enable the trainees to participate in the Blue/Oceans Economy activities from an informed point of view.
  • Equip the trainees with the relevant knowledge that will enable them to deal with both internal and external maritime stakeholders and understand the socio-economic and environmental impact of Blue/Oceans Economy related activities/projects, and the relevant legal framework.

Author: IOI-SA

IOI-SA focuses on Ocean Governance capacity development in Africa through training programmes aimed at harmonising management, policy and development. The IOI-SA produces research, policy and strategy-related outputs to address key challenges of sustainable ocean governance in support of the communities, governments, regions and international organizations concerned with securing a peaceful, prosperous and healthy future for all. The IOI-SA maintains particular focus on rural coastal communities, decision-makers, post­graduate students and schools. It achieves its mission through collaborating and networking with organizations and government agencies in Africa that are active in the sphere of marine and coastal management and sustainable livelihoods.