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)

 


2017 Training Programme

 

In partnership with the State Oceanic Administration of China, the IOI Training Centre in China organised the fifth edition of the four-week training Course on Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific Region from the 16th August to the 12th September, with the programme being held in Tianjin in the Conference Room of the Centre of International Exchange, at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University.

 

The programme was launched with inaugural speeches from Ms Chen Yue, Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of the State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA) and an alumnus of the IOI course in Canada; Ms Antonella Vassallo,  Managing Director, IOI HQ; Dr Shi Suixiang, Director, IOI-China Regional Centre for the Western Pacific Region and Director-General of the National Marine Data and Information Service/SOA and from Professor 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 Honorary President of the IOI, Dr Awni Behnam, also sent a special meesage in a video to be projected at the close of the course.

 

The successful delivery of the course was reported in the October edition of the IOInforma 05/17 available for download below.

 

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2018 Training Programme

 

In partnership with the State Oceanic Administration of China, the IOI Training Centre in China organised the sixth edition of the four-week training Course on Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific Region from the 20th August to the 14th September 2018, with the programme being held in Tianjin at the Astor Plaza Hotel.

 

The training course had a very significant opening ceremony. Dr. Shi Suixiang, Director-General of the National Marine Data and Information Service opened the training course. He warmly welcomed all participants to attend the training course on behalf of both IOI-China Regional Center and the National Marine Data and Information Service. Ms. Tang Dongmei, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, the Ministry of Natural Resources of China, delivered very encouraging opening remarks. She welcomed all the participants to attend the training course on behalf of the Department of International Cooperation. Ms. Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director of IOI Headquarters came afar from the Headquarters of IOI in Malta to attend the opening ceremony on behalf of Dr. Awni Behnam, Honorary President of IOI. Ms. Antonella Vassallo also lectured at the training course for two days. The heads of various departments concerned of the NMDIS attended the opening ceremony.

 

The training course also provided participants with a platform for learning from each other. Participants from each country presented their national reports for good practice and experience sharing. In addition to their course reports presented and submitted, all together ten national reports were presented. Each national report was presented by participants from Bangladesh, Egypt, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. Three national reports were presented by the Chinese participants since there were more Chinese participants in the class. All participants made presentations of their course reports on their participation in the training course and on the visions of their national ocean governance with the knowledge learned from the training course. Both the national reports and course reports were well prepared and well presented.

 

The successful delivery of the course will be reported in the next issue of the IOInforma news bulletin.