Fisheries governance for food security

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General information

The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern. One of the primary tasks of the fisheries manager is to balance the pressure on the fish stocks and the aquatic habitat. This requires innovative solutions which can be created when stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decision making processes.

In this course, that is organised in cooperation with other Dutch and international institutes, participants will learn about fisheries governance and the relation to fisheries management. It will provide new insights on challenges that fisheries governance face, such as IUU fishing, and explore ways to strengthen fisheries governance. The course provides a framework in which participants will acquire insights and skills to bring stakeholders in the fisheries system and help them understand each other's perspectives, manage their conflicts and learn together. The program is interactive and participants will practice a range of participatory tools and methodologies in a real-life case. They will be challenged to apply the concepts learned by presenting an action plan for their own professional situation.

The training programme is interactive, and uses case studies to illustrate the effect and impact of different management approaches and practices. Training methods include small group activities, role plays, excursions and individual assignments. The course will be organised in cooperation with Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR along with other Dutch and international institutes working in fisheries governance and management such as MARE and FAO.

Learning outcome:

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • know about  fisheries governance and co-management concepts, challenges faced in governance and management;
  • be familiar with various perspectives on fisheries management;
  • understand the importance of stakeholder engagement in governance;
  • be able to apply  participatory methodologies and tools in support of the fisheries management planning process;
  • be familiar with the tools available to the fisheries manager for controlling fishing effort.


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Venue: Wageningen University
Wageningen , Netherlands

Research Institute: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
PO BOX 88, 6700 AA Wageningen



3.800€. The cost includes the administration fee, costs of lecture material and of field trips (as far as they are included in the programme). An estimation of additional costs such as extra learning material, accommodation and insurance is around 6.075€.


Applicants should have an academic degree (BSC or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to fisheries management (i.e. fisheries management and/or research, fisheries extension training, development of coastal or lakeside communities). At least three years of relevant professional experience and competence in English language are required.

Application Procedure:

Register for the course using the online registration form. If this is the first time you register for a CDI (Centre for Development and Innovation) course in Wageningen University, then you need to create an account. After creating a new account you will receive an activation link in your e-mail (please also check your spambox). Complete the two pages of this form, and when ready press submit.

Application Deadline: 19 October 2015

Deadline NFP & MENA: 21 July 2015

Grant Opportunities:

CDI is unable to assist you in obtaining financial support, however if you want to apply for a NFP/MENA Fellowship, CDI will provide you with the full instructions and the web address for registration in ATLAS. You can check the eligibility at NFP or MENA A limited number of scholarships is available. As this application process takes time and requires several documents, we recommend that you start as soon as possible. 


Academic level: Lifelong Learning
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