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. 


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
  • The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs in line with the Lisbon Strategy, targeting the Millennium Development Goals and building upon a holistic and integrated maritime policy following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The course focuses on the holistic approach to ocean governance and the need to align practices to the evolving global environment in the light of advances in science and technology. The course upholds a principles-and-application concept, focusing on an integrated and cross-cultural approach, embracing legal, ethical, environmental and economic aspects and the support of science and technology to the realistic achievement of ocean management and sustainable development. In particularly the course draws upon bridging ocean science and engineering to adaptive management and policy, including the use and support of real-time routine observations and nowcasting/forecasting methods toward improved rapid assessments, and sound decision-making.
  • The course consists of 4 modules, presented over a five-week period on a full-time basis. Topics are clustered into four modules and include two field trips, a project study providing participants with the opportunity to apply a multidisciplinary approach to decision making within the marine realm through a dedicated group assignment, and a number of simulation exercises and hands-on sessions. The backbone of the course relates to the sessions dedicated to the preparation by participants of regional ocean policy frameworks. This task is undertaken by the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Baltic Sea groups targeting to build upon the concept of national, regional and inter-regional policy development for a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management:

MODULE 1: Global Ocean Governance Framework; Overarching Ocean Governance Issues and Priority Issues

MODULE 2: Managing Our Relations with The Ocean: Integrated Management Theory and Practice and Assessing the Marine          Environment through Monitoring and Forecasting

MODULE 3: Conflict Management and Consensus Building

MODULE 4: Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas; and Regional Ocean Policy                Framework Simulation Exercise

SPECIAL SESSIONS: some are held annually; some vary each year according to the theme chosen for additional focus:


Course participants on a field trip in Gozo
Course participants on a field trip in Gozo
  • Visit to International Maritime Law Institute
  • Field Trip 1 (Sea Based) – Grand Harbour and South Coast of Malta
  • Field Trip 2 – Dwejra (marine protected area), Gozo
  • Regional Ocean Policy Framework Simulation Exercise + Skype conferences with Regional Tutors
  • Project Study – Managing Marine Space and its Potential as an Economic Resource
  • Introduction to Maritime Spatial Planning
  • Migration as a Response to Environmental Impacts in Deltas and Coastal Areas
  • Vulnerability assessment and Disaster Risk in Europe related to floods and tsunamis
  • Seminar on the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea – anniversary year
  • Seminar on Issues in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction.


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2015 Training Programme


The 5-week International Ocean Institute Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance was offered for the 11th successive year, at the start of November (8 Nov - 10th Dec). Although the Course is offered under the aegis of the IOI, the University of Malta contributes heavily to the same Course, both through its academic staff and also through its administrative support.


The course and seminar reports as well as information and photos of the event are available for download in the ARCHIVE section under documents & publications (IOInforma News Bulletins 0915 and 0116). 

2016 Training Programme


The IOI is pleased to announce the 5-week International Ocean Institute Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance which will be offered for the 12th successive year from the 6th November to the 8th December 2016.


The application form (may also be downloaded by clicking on the link below) may be obtained by either emailing the Course Manager, Prof. Alan Deidun on IOITraining(at) or IOI HQ on ioihq(at) The application deadline is the 9th September 2016.


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IOI MTP - Application Form 2016.pdf
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