Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa


IOI Africa Course Class of 2015
IOI Africa Course Class of 2015

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:

  • Offered by IOI in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Four week residential programme offered in 2013, with the next planned for 2015; August/September
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the African Seas
  • The course has a regional approach to global ocean governance issues and aims to give its participants a holistic understanding of global marine governance issues by emphasizing the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and promoting a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The goal is to meet the ongoing need within the African region for awareness and training in the various disciplines associated with ocean governance and that will contribute to 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.
  • The Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa aims to educate mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests.

The course is organised into five modules given through lessons/lectures and simulation exercises as well as field trips and project sessions:

 

Module 1: Oceans and Coasts – Opportunities and Threats

Module 2: The Governance Framework

Module 3: Governance Tools

Module 4: Governance in Action

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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2019 Training Programme 

 

The 6th annual IOI Course in Ocean Governance for Africa came to successful completion on 27th September. The training programme 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 9 countries: Benin, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Brazil. 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.

 

In the final week of the course Prof Larry Hildebrand, from the World Maritime University and member of the IOI Governing Board taught as part of the course. The participants gained a great deal from interacting with him and from participating in the Marine Spatial Planning exercise that he organised during the training programme.

 

A short description of the course is given in the 05/19 edition of the IOInforma which is available for download from the Documents & Publications - IOInforma News Bulletin section (0519 issue).

 

For more information please visit:

http://ioisa.org/course-in-ocean-governance/


Training programme staff and Class of 2018. Photo credit: IOI South Africa
Training programme staff and Class of 2018. Photo credit: IOI South Africa

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 edition of the IOInforma news bulletin (05/18) available for download in the Archive section. 

 

For detailed information about the Training Programme kindly click on the IOI-SA website here.