Since 1981 the IOI has conduced and managed training and capacity building programmes in Ocean Governance. The ocean governance content covers contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on moral, ethical and legal values (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean) under the governance architecture of UNCLOS and related international instruments and agreements. The IOI has trained about 4000 young practitioners from developing countries and countries in transition, contributing towards a growing global network of trained and empowered leaders.
The courses have evolved over the years and are constantly adapted to new challenges, maintaining a special focus on the needs of developing countries and countries in transition. Based on ethical values such as equity, common heritage, common but differentiated responsibilities, and policy space, the programmes of the courses are defined around major elements (accountability, transparency, inclusiveness, effectiveness, participatory practices) and principles (rule of law, regulations, protocols, agreement and guidelines) of good governance.
Target audiences are mid-career practitioners in ocean governance: scientists, policy makers, educators and decision makers. They are in a position to successfully transmit and apply the acquired knowledge on return to their institutions, serving as educators and ocean advocates in their homeland. The IOI enjoys strong links with a growing alumni network world-wide.
The training is delivered via classroom-based lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and international round tables with guidance offered by expert faculty and supported through appropriate learning tools.
Offered in Canada at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the IOI in Malta
Offered in Malta
Offered in Cape Town, South Africa
Organised in partnership with the Caspian Sea Institute in Turkmenistan
Organised in partnership with the National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) in Tianjin, China
Offered in Thailand