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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2017 Training Programme
This was the fourth year of the Course in Ocean Governance. The course was run in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), from the 4th to the 29th of September 2017. This year 63 applications from 19 countries were received. It was a challenge to select the participants, and although 22 participants were selected and approved for funding support, only 19 were able to attend. Those 19 delegates represented seven countries including South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Madagascar.
The participants came from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. Lectures were delivered by over 40 regional and local experts from over 25 institutions and each week included at least one field trip to a local point of interest. The schedule also provided time for group discussion sessions and feedback on topics that had been covered during the week. This year’s participants were particularly engaging and enthusiastic discussions were a key feature of the four weeks.
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A short description of the course is given in the 06/17 edition of the IOInforma which is available for download below or from the Publications - IOInforma News Bulletin section (0617 issue).
2018 Training Programme - ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications are now open for the 2018 Course in Ocean Governance scheduled to be offered from the 3rd – 28th September at Kirstenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa.
The goal of the course is to meet the ongoing need within the African region for awareness and training in the various disciplines associated with ocean governance, thus building a sustainable core of experts on the continent. While the course will highlight the importance of the global governance framework, it will have a regional focus emphasizing the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and will promote a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management.
There will be a number of field trips during the course to demonstrate practical examples of some of the governance tools and mechanisms. In addition, participants will be expected to complete a number of assignments, one of which will be presented at a Round-Table on the final day of the course.
The deadline for applications is the 13th April 2018. Spaces are limited. For more information please visit: