Training Programme on Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific Region

Class of 2015, in the front Row, (L) Prof Qin Li (Director IOI China) and centre, Prof Mao Bin, Course Director
Class of 2015, in the front Row, (L) Prof Qin Li (Director IOI China) and centre, Prof Mao Bin, Course Director

Training Programme information:

  • Organised by the International Ocean Institute in partnership with the State Oceanic Administration of PR China
  • An annual four-week residential programme offered since 2011 in Tianjin, PR China
  • Coverage of regional issues of the Western Pacific Regional Seas with special emphasis on ICM and marine environmental protection in connection with the on-going regional programme of PEMSEA
  • The programme is structured into six main modules given through intensive lectures, discussion, simulation exercises, as well as field trips, namely:



o MODULE 1: Introductory oceanography to provide the                         participants with a scientific basis for better understanding of the training programme

o MODULE 2: The legal framework for ocean governance (UNCLOS, Agenda 21 Chapter 17, and relevant laws & policies)

o MODULE 3: Global ocean governance framework with special reference to ICM for the Western Pacific Region

o MODULE 4: Conflict management and consensus building for coordinated development of the ocean resources

o MODULE 5: Managing our relations with the oceans for sustainable social and economic development with special reference to         marine environmental protection and natural disaster mitigation

o MODULE 6: Special sessions:


-          Presentation of case studies of the ICM implementation given by either invited experts or the participants

-          Good practice sharing presentations (national reports) by the participants

-          Graduation presentations by the participants on the vision of his/her national ICM with the knowledge and holistic                       understanding of ocean governance learnt during the training programme

-          Field trip(s) and study tour(s)


2015 Training Programme 


The 3rd IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific organised by IOI-China with the support of the State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA) P.R. China was held from the 26th October to the 21st November 2015 in Tianjin, P.R. China. The training programme was attended by 25 participants from five countries located in the Western Pacific Region: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The course was ably directed by Prof Mao Bin, (Senior Research Fellow and Former Secretary-General, China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association SOA) and Prof Qin Li (Director, IOI-China).


 The successful delivery of the course was reported in the November edition of the IOInforma 08/15 available for download below.


IOInforma 0815.pdf
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2016 Training Programme - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The 4th IOI training programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific Region is scheduled to be held from the 22nd August to 18th September 2016 in Tianjin, China. 


Applicants should have a background in ocean science research or ocean management and a first degree; a good command of English is essential since the course will be conducted in this language. Scholarships are available for applicants from countries of the Western Pacific seaboard.


For more information or to receive an application form contact: Prof QIN LI, Research Fellow, Executive Director, IOI China Regional Centre for the Western Pacific Region at the National Marine Data and Information Service, Tianjin, China. E-mail: ioiwestpac(at)


The Application form, Guidelines and Programme are also available for download below.


Application deadline is the 15th June 2016.


Application Guidelines 2016.pdf
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Application Form 2016.pdf
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2016 Programme for the China Course.pdf
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