The International Ocean Institute – Southern Africa (IOI SA) is based in Cape Town, South Africa, functioning as the African regional training centre within the IOI global network. The IOI SA developed the 4-week training course in Ocean Governance for Africa in order to better address the management and governance capacity needs of the region. The course structure and content was broadly modeled on the courses run through IOI Canada and IOI Malta, with customization specific to the African continent. It was launched in 2013 in Cape Town with the support of the IOI through the Ocean Science & Research Foundation (OSRF) and the partners of the IOI SA. The programme is designed to suit a broad range of participants from government, NGO and private sector with varying backgrounds and levels of experience.
Training Programme information:
The course is organised into five modules given through lessons/lectures and simulation exercises as well as field trips and project sessions:
o Module 1: Oceans and Coasts – Opportunities and Threats
o Module 2: The Governance Framework
o Module 3: Governance Tools
o Module 4: Governance in Action
o Module 5: Creating a Supportive Environment for Effective Governance
Field Trips and Assignments and a Round-Table on the final day of the course.
Target Audience: The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from countries within the African region.
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2023 Training Programme
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 (2), Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.
During the course, participants had the opportunity to engage with regional experts in a range of ocean governance thematic areas. Course content was complemented with interactive sessions and group discussions. Field trips provided an opportunity to apply the learnings in a practical setting. Read more....
2022 Training Programme
After the first two weeks of online training, it was finally possible to welcome the participants, to in-person training in Cape Town. Lectures were delivered by distinguished speakers from all over the region, with some presenting online. Field visits were also possible for the first time since the pandemic.
The course included legal, institutional, and technical aspects of ocean governance, with an emphasis on implementation, as this is a common shortcoming in capacity for environmental regulation in many African countries. Read more....