Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

The Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas are characterised by a common feature of being geographically enclosed or semi-enclosed basins, subject to intense anthropogenic pressures while providing important resources on which major economic activities of international, regional and national importance rely. The regional seas connect the riparian countries and are also part subject to the countries within the national maritime zones. These seas have fragile coastal and marine ecosystems, with the activities and maritime policies of states affecting the quality of the marine environment of other regional states within the same basin. These regional seas exhibit different levels of experience in regional cooperation, sustainable development of the resources and services of the ocean, and this diversity and wealth of experience provides an opportunity for comparative learning.  


This training programme is a flagship activity of IOI together with that delivered from the University of Dalhousie in Canada and builds upon the more than 35 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. One of the main objectives is to assist in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of the complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.   


The Ocean Governance content covers contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on moral, ethical and legal values in Ocean Governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean) under the governance architecture of UNCLOS and related international; instruments and agreements. 


Formal accreditation by the University of Malta


As from 2017, participants successfully completing all course material will be eligible to receive transcripts from the University of Malta equivalent to 15 ECTS, or 5 ECTS per Study Unit achieved.  This year’s course content shall be delivered in the form of 3 stand-alone Study-Units (GSC 5101, GSC 5102 and GSC 5103), which together make up the full Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas.


Study-Unit Code

Study-Unit Title

ECTS value

Link to approved Study-Unit descriptions

GSC 5101

Global Ocean Governance Framework and Managing Our Relations with the Oceans



GSC 5102

Managing Marine Space and its Potential as an Economic Resource - Project Study




GSC 5103

Multilateral Diplomacy and International Rule-Making, and Regional Sea Governance Policy Simulation Exercise



Course participants on a field trip in Gozo (Azure window in Dwejra)
Course participants on a field trip in Gozo (Azure window in Dwejra)

Training Programme information:

  • Offered by IOI in Malta, Europe
  • Five-week residential programme offered annually since 2005 in November-December
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

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2017 Training Programme - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The IOI is pleased to announce the 5-week Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance which will be offered for the 13th successive year from the 5th November to the 8th December 2017.


A major development for this programme in Malta is the accession to University of Malta accreditation so that from the training programme 2017, participants successfully completing all assignments of the three Study-Units, (each equivalent to 5ECTS) of the IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas (Malta), will be formally accredited by the University of Malta and eligible to receive a transcript of the credits, recognised by academic institutions following the Bologna process of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The description of such Study-Units  can be accessed  through:


The course will cover international ocean legal framework, conventions and agreements (UNCLOS and others), ocean resource management and exploitation issues, negotiation skills and a policy-simulation exercise at the end. The syllabus will also address topical issues such as the implementation of the SDG14, ocean literacy, marine micro-plastics and litter, issues of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and include field visits, GIS lab sessions and a training session on Marine Spatial Planning.


The application form (may also be downloaded by clicking on the link below) may be obtained by either contacting the Course Manager, Prof. Alan Deidun on alan.deidun(at) or IOI HQ on ioihq(at) The application deadline is the 2nd September 2017.


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IOI MTP - Application Form 2017.pdf
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