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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2018 Training Programme
The 5th annual IOI Course in Ocean Governance for Africa came to a successful completion on the 28th September. The course was hosted at the premises of the IOI South Africa partner and host institute, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. This year’s 20 delegates came from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, and represented ten African countries, including Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. This year’s course was characterised by lively debate, focused discussion and an abundance of laughter. The participants enthusiastically engaged with the course material throughout four intensive weeks of lectures from over 40 regional and local experts, representing over 30 institutions.
This year the organisers and participants welcomed Mihai Burca, an IOI alumnus, who was able to take time out of his Cape Town holiday to come and speak to the participants. In the final week of the course Prof Chua Thia-Eng, from PEMSEA and a member of the IOI Governing Board taught as part of the course. The participants gained a great deal from interacting with him. It was such a privilege to have him in the country that we opened up the course to the wider marine community for a lunch time seminar on Operational Methodology for Integrated Coastal Management: The ICM System.
The successful delivery of the course is also provided in the latest edition of the IOInforma news bulletin (05/18) available for download here or in the Archive section.
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2019 Training Programme
The sixth IOI Course in Ocean Governance for Africa is scheduled to be held from the 2nd to the 27th September (subject to confirmation).
Further details will be provided later.