Offered as part of the IOI’s capacity building programmes on Ocean Governance and in partnership with co-founding partner the Caspian Sea Institute (CSI) of Turkmenistan, the Ninth course focusing on Caspian Sea issues came to a fruitful completion last month.
The training course was co-organised by the National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the IOI China Regional Center for the West Pacific Region at Aster Plaza, Tianjin, China; Report by Prof Mao Bin (Course Director)
Under the able guidance of Directors Lynn Jackson and Judy Beaumont, and the assistance of Kirshia Govender, the International Ocean Institute – Southern Africa (IOI SA), organised and successfully delivered the 11th Ocean Governance Training Progamme, welcoming 23 local and international participants: 15 from South Africa, and 8 from Algeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.
The interdisciplinary nature of the course attracted participants from diverse sectors, backgrounds and organisations, and there was global representation from nearly 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North and South America, and the South Pacific.
This online training opportunity for Early Career Ocean Professionals built on the decades-long experience of the IOI in training career ocean practitioners and aimed at providing a basic interdisciplinary introduction to the concepts of Ocean governance, targeted to ECOPs hailing from countries bordering the seas of the African continent.
Following a two-year hiatus imposed by the COVID pandemic on in-person training, the annual five-week IOI Malta Training Course on Regional Ocean Governance Course has kicked off with its sixteenth in-person offering in Malta launched during a ceremony presided over by Prof Awni Behnam (Honorary President of the IOI and Training Course Director) on the 7th of November.