Training Workshop on

Basic Concepts of Ocean Governance for Early Career Ocean Professionals - focus on the African Seas

online, 1,3,8 & 10 November 2022


This training workshop is offered in partnership with the ECOP Programme, an endorsed Action of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and is funded through the generous support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and IOC-UNESCO. This online training opportunity for Early Career Ocean Professionals builds on the decades-long experience of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in training career ocean practitioners.


The course is being provided free of charge and comprises four online sessions of three hours during which participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of ocean governance with an emphasis on the African context. Sessions will include presentations, discussions, videos and interactive tools and will cover the following topics: 

  • Basic Concepts of Ocean Governance
  • The Ocean and Sustainable Development
  • The Blue Economy and Societal Perspectives and
  • Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning. 

Participants completing all the sessions will be eligible for a certificate.  


Target Audience


This training is open to early career ocean professionals from Africa* 


The course will take place during office hours and, to encourage interactivity, class size is capped. Participants will be selected using a combination of criteria including gender, sectoral background, geographic location and profession, and only applicants who can commit to attending all four sessions will be accepted (this may require applicants to provide proof of permission to attend from their supervisors). 


*For the purpose of the ECOP Programme, an ECOP is a person that self-identifies as being early in their career (10 years or less of professional experience) within any field related to the Ocean (not only employed/paid positions). The term “professional” is used in order to be inclusive of professionals from many different sectors of society. 


Apply here. DEADLINE 21 OCTOBER 2022



For more information, please contact: at the IOI Training Centre in South Africa