Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

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General information

The “Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” builds upon the more than 35 years experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance.

The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the regional level in a holistic and integrated approach, following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, targeting the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainability Development Goals, and the follow-up to RIO+20. It focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.

The course also considers the implications of regional policies including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings and implementation, and brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian in ocean governance issues. It aims to build stronger inter-regional coherence in countries' engagement in the governance of the regional seas, promote inter-regional cooperation, shared experiences and exchange of best practice scenarios, and foster interaction between participants from diverse countries bordering the regional seas under study. Specific reference is made to IMO Conventions to reduce emissions from ships, to control garbage from ships (through MARPOL Annex V), and through Annex IV on sewage which now includes the concept of Special Areas which is specially relevant to the Black and Mediterranean Seas. The roles of UNDOALOS and developments in the ICP (Informal Consultation Process) are also examined.

In the course, the practice of ocean governance is expressed within the perspective of evolving and changing global environments and advances in science and technology. The course programme details the efforts of the International Maritime Organisation to reduce emissions from ships, to control garbage from ships (through MARPOL Annex V), and through Annex IV on sewage which now includes the concept of Special Areas which is specially relevant to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, as well as those of the EU to achieve Good Environmental Status for its Sea by 2020 through the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).The course draws upon the bridging of ocean science and engineering to adaptive management and policy, including the use and support of real-time routine observations and nowcasting /forecasting methods toward improved rapid assessments and sound decision-making. In this sense, the IOI course is a reference point for the governance of the regional seas, and a resource for innovative teaching appealing to a wide range of participants and practitioners in marine-related science, management and policy undertakings.

The training course moves away from the traditional approach to a hands-on learning-through-practice approach which will provide the trainees with an opportunity to participate in real case studies of data collection, management and decision-making processes such as in coastal zone planning and management, combating, monitoring and containment of marine pollution.

The course aims at developing trainees’ analytical skills in order to enable them to assess coastal and ocean issues and appropriate integrated responses by developing basic multi-disciplinary team-building and teamwork skills in a multi-disciplinary setting. Participants will build an understanding for ocean and governance issues, policy making, data sourcing, management of complex information and use of information technology (e.g. GIS, electronic research, software use, etc.). This will also address the interfacing between scientists and managers/decision-makers.

COURSE OUTLINE

The course curriculum is divided into four main modules presented over a five-week period, giving altogether a broad approach to the theme of the course.

Module 1 - Global Ocean Governance Framework: sets out the objectives of ocean governance and the linkages to socio-economic issues, integrated and ecosystem ocean management, and resource exploitation. During this module the international and regional governance structures, conventions and tools are presented and discussed with special emphasis on the governance architecture provided through UNCLOS.

Module 2 - Managing our Relations with the Oceans: covers traditional policy, legal and institutional tools of the Blue Economy and Blue Growth, focusing on the science-management interface and bringing to the fore the use of state-of-the art technology in support of ocean governance. Tools, techniques and processes which support and inform decision making and policy action are presented, as are relevant case studies and best practices; hands on practical exercises are provided.

Module 3 - Conflict Management, Consensus Building: addresses those conflicting interests that can be a barrier to effective ocean governance and management and the mechanisms available for conflict prevention and management. During this part of the course, the UN system is presented as well as other mechanisms for high level negotiations, dispute settlement and the creation of consensus around common goals; case studies and simulated negotiation sessions help give practical experience and topical relevance.

Module 4 - Regional Ocean Governance Frameworks for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas: targets the governance frameworks for these regional seas on the basis of current realities, future needs and an in-depth study of their geophysical, socio-economic and political contexts. The course, through this module, culminates in a hands-on policy making exercise where groups working on specific topics relevant to the regional seas are mentored by regional experts and policy makers to use the knowledge gained during the programme in a practical application of policy making and governance.

MAJOR TOPICS COVERED DURING THE PROGRAMME

The programme seeks to inform on core governance topics and emerging ocean issues of a global and regional nature such as:

• the major conventions and instruments regulating oceans and their sustainable use: UNCLOS, the IMO Conventions, the regional seas conventions, IOC, FAO,UNCTAD and ILO, and many others;
• the roles of international and regional bodies such as the UN institutions, the EU and other major regional mechanisms governing the international oceans and the regional seas;
• emerging issues in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ); ocean governance and special issues in the Arctic areas; climate change, security and financial crises; the Blue Economy and ocean economics;
• tools and processes to manage the oceans and regional seas: ICZM, Maritime Spatial Planning; latest developments in data collection and interpretation for policy making, big data and large scale processes; ecosystem and regional scales of management.
• Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Learning outcome:

The programme:

• draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the international and regional level in a holistic and integrated approach;
• focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, the research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development;
• considers the implications of international and regional policies, including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings that takes into account the impact of international governance structures;
• brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian within the ambit of ocean governance.

The training programme aims to:

• advance basin-wide knowledge of governance and the linkages to socio-economic issues, and integrated and ecosystem ocean management;
• provide a strong overview of the inter- and intra-sectoral interactions in ocean governance with the intention of strengthening knowledge and capacity in sustainably    managing ocean and coastal services and resources;
• contribute towards capacity development in ocean governance in the countries bordering the regional seas;
• build stronger inter-regional coherence in countries’ engagement in the governance of the regional seas;
• promote inter-regional cooperation, shared experiences and exchange of best practice scenarios, and to
• foster interaction between participants from diverse countries bordering the regional seas under study.

Objective:

While focusing on specific marine regions and their governance, this intensive training course highlights the importance of the global governance framework that underscores regional cooperation. Given the broad range of global and regional issues that need to be addressed, the ultimate course outcome is the creation of awareness of the complexities of contemporary ocean governance, and the realisation of means and methods to render such governance achievable and effective. This outcome will be achieved through the pursuit of the following goals and objectives:

- To assist the countries surrounding the regional seas in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.
- To deepen understanding of the ever-increasing importance of the regional seas and their resources in regional politics and sustainable economic development.
- To present problems facing enclosed and semi-enclosed seas (in particular the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas) and demonstrate ways to overcome them.
- To provide an insight into contemporary coastal and ocean law and policy issues and build capacity to maximise benefits from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other global and regional conventions.
- To highlight the IMO-related conventions which are particularly relevant to semi-enclosed seas, and provide reference to IMO efforts including concepts most relevant to the Regional Seas;
- To promote the role of science in supporting the development and implementation of ocean governance and quantify through specific applications the benefits that scientific inputs can make to the sustainable governance of ocean and coastal resources.
- To take account of emerging and evolving socio-economic, environmental and scientific realities as a framework for future development of ocean governance to changing scenarios.
- To provide a forum for exchange of views between managers and researchers and promote a better understanding of the science-management interface in coastal and ocean management.
- To make use of state-of-the art scientific and technological developments, including state-of-the-art ocean/coastal observing systems, approaches and methodologies addressing the various options for integrated management.
- To catalyse networking among participants and regional resource persons, and building lasting relations between participants to strengthen IOI alumni networks in the regions concerned.

Contact Person: Alan Deidun (IOITraining@ioi.org.mt)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0521 - Ecology

Venue

Venue: IOI, University of Malta
, Malta

Application

Open from
1 Jun 2016 to 9 Sep 2016

Cost:

ACCOMMODATION

Participants will be accommodated in a residence comprising of a number of self-catering and twin bedroom apartments. This complex is situated at a walking distance from the University, and avails of high quality facilities including tennis courts and swimming pool.

MEALS

Lunches, snacks, desserts and drinks can be purchased from the University canteen, from Monday to Friday. The price of a meal is approximately €10 per person.
The apartments where participants are accommodated offer self-catering facilities.

COURSE FEE

The course fee for an overseas participant is Eur. 5500, covering accommodation, daily allowance for meals, course delivery materials, all bench fees, use of university facilities, participation in field trips and social programme organised as part of the course.
No course fees are charged to University of Malta post-graduate students. A nominal charge will be made exclusively on course material and field trips amounting to Eur. 250.

PAYMENT TERMS

For those applicants that are not covered by a scholarship, the course fee should be paid by not later than 14th October 2016 following acceptance of the applicant.
A fee of up to Eur. 1500 will be charged if a self-funded participant cancels within 10 days of the start date of the course without a valid reason.
Full course fees will be charged in cases of non-attendance.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of scholarships are available for overseas participants, from developing countries. Scholarships for the course cover airfare (at the lowest economy fare and excluding overnight stays where no direct flights are available), board and lodging for the course (starting from one night before course commencement and one night after course end), teaching materials, tuition, a small daily allowance, and field trip expenses. It does not include a salary, and it is expected that participants continue to receive a salary from their employer during the course. Applicants from developed or EU Mediterranean countries (except Eastern European countries) can be considered only if they have full funding or are registered at the University of Malta as graduate students.
Applicants who fulfill the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate in the course according to the following criteria:

1. Preference will be given to participants who manage to secure full sponsorship for the course (i.e. covering course cost, meals and accommodation and flights); followed by participants who secure partial funding to cover flights, accommodation and meals OR the cost of the course delivery.

2. In the case of participants who are not self-funded, preference will be given to individuals who are:
a. primarily from a developing Mediterranean or Eastern European country;
b. mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society participants who are currently engaged in coastal marine-related responsibilities, functions or interests;
c. can show that their participation can bring benefits to their own countries.

3. Finally, applicants who come from countries outside the target regions will be considered as long as the course gains from the exchange of experiences between participants.


Prerequisites:

The training programme is specifically designed to benefit policy-makers, civil servants, mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and post graduate students, media professionals, civil society members, having coastal or marine related responsibilities, functions or interests.
Additional considerations:

• preference will be given to candidates from developing countries of the regional seas;
• applicants from developed countries around the regional seas shall be considered if they have full funding or are registered at the University of Malta as postgraduate students;
• participants from other countries outside the region will also be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Participants should preferably be between 20 and 40 years of age, and possess at least a first degree in a field relevant to marine affairs, governance, or science.


Application Procedure:

HOW TO APPLY

Follow the two-step approach to apply for a position on the course on Ocean Governance for Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries:

1. Once you ensure that you fit the eligibility criteria set down for participants of the course, register your interest or clarify any queries about the course that you might have by sending an email to the official course address: IOITraining@ioihq.org.mt

2. Download and fill out the full Application Form (including the Participant Nomination and Medical Forms) and post to the The Course Manager, C/o IOI-Headquarters, PO. Box 3, Msida, MSD2080 Malta by Friday 09th September 2016.

Completed application forms (including scans of signed pages) should be sent by email to the Course Manager on IOITraining@ioihq.org.mt and copy to ioihq@ioihq.org.mt; these must be followed by postage of the signed originals to: IOI Headquarters, PO.Box 3, Msida MSD 2080, Malta by not later than the application deadline of 09th September 2016.

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