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

November-December 2021
Training Provider(s): 
The International Ocean Institute

In 2021, the IOI Malta Training Course on Regional Ocean Governance will be offered in a hybrid format. The first Course Study-Unit (GSC 5101) will be offered remotely over the 22nd February - 4th June 2021 period to registered participants, whilst the remaining Course Study-Units (GSC 5102 and GSC 5103) will be physically delivered in Malta in November-December 2021. Only participants who have successfully followed the first GSC 5101 component will be allowed to follow the subsequent two course components in autumn 2021.

The course curriculum is divided into four main modules giving altogether a broad approach to the theme of the course.


MODULE 1 - Global Ocean Governance Framework: sets out the objectives of ocean governance and the linkages to socio-economic issues, integrated and ecosystem ocean management, and resource exploitation. The focus is on the understanding of effective governance frameworks to put maritime policy into practice, including the mandate and efforts of the International Maritime Organisation, and on the MDGs with a regional perspective for the benefit of sustainable development, eradication of poverty, enhancement of partnerships and promotion of the concept of the Common Heritage of Mankind.


MODULE 2 - Managing our Relations with the Oceans: covers traditional policy, legal and institutional tools of the Blue Economy and Blue Growth, focusing on the science-management interface and bringing to light new perspectives, practices, methodologies and the use of technology for the effective and sound operationalisation of ocean governance. This module covers methods of national marine coastal zone policies development; the use of marine data for informed decisions, products and services; maritime spatial planning principles; integrated coastal zone management; the role of coastal communities; vulnerability assessment; environmental risk evaluation and mitigation of marine-related natural hazards; marine pollution and related efforts.


MODULE 3 - Conflict Management, Consensus Building: addresses those conflicting interests that can be a barrier to effective ocean governance and management. This module covers the mechanisms available for conflict prevention, conflict management through peaceful resolution and consensus-building techniques. It introduces participants to foresight study methods and tools for future-oriented assessments and planning.


MODULE 4 - Regional Ocean Governance Frameworks for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas: targets the governance frameworks for these regional seas on the basis of current realities, future needs and an in-depth study of their geophysical, socio-economic and political contexts. The module includes inter-comparisons between the regions, the reality of the European Union, its Integrated Maritime Policy and its Neighbourhood Policy, as well as existing binding protocols and conventions (including IMO-related conventions in the regional seas). It targets ideal governance frameworks through case studies and best-practice scenarios taken from regional experiences.