About this Course
This online course will familiarize participants with key components of good ocean governance. As an introduction, the course will review the governance arrangements and processes that reflect internationally accepted norms, principles, and values. It also provides basic information about relevant global- and regional-scale policy and legal frameworks as well as institutional structures relevant to the governance of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) and their coasts.
By the end of the course participants will understand and become familiar with:
- Key principles of good governance;
- The importance the role of values and ethics in supporting good governance;
- The role and process of stakeholder engagement;
- Approaches to sustainable finance;
- International legal and institutional frameworks relevant to ocean governance on a global and/or regional scale;
- The role of national and international agencies in implementing these global and regional instruments;
- Key elements of effective governance;
- The importance of and tools for effective communication as a component of effective governance;
- Ways to integrate science into LME governance and assess science needs;
- Ways to assess governance measures
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for one week, during which, course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities.
In all modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Read the compulsory content
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
- Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested websites.
- Module 1: Good Governance (6-10 August)
- Module 2: Legal and Policy Frameworks (13-17 August)
- Module 3: Effective Governance (20-24 August)
Participants expected dedication and certification
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 2-4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review compulsory readings and participate in all activities (readings and quizzes). Participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.
Upon successful completion of the course (passing all module quizzes, and participating in the forum, participants will receive a certificate granted by the course organizers.
Course contents will be facilitated by a team of specialists. A course coordinator and the virtual campus technical support team will be present for the entire course.
Lauren Wenzel is Director of the U.S. National Marine Protected Areas Center within NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Her work focuses on connecting and strengthening the marine and coastal protected area programs in the United States and internationally through capacity building, information and tools, and communication and engaging stakeholders.
Stephanie Altman, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Stephanie is an attorney in NOAA’s Office of General Counsel and has lived and worked in Africa for over 15 years. At NOAA, Stephanie focuses on legal and governance issues related to marine protected areas and conducts capacity development activities in West Africa focusing on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Anne Nelson, on contract to NOAA’s International Marine Protected Area Capacity Building Program. Anne co-leads capacity building programs and partnerships in The Coral Triangle and Latin America. She brings expertise in coastal and marine spatial planning, collaboration and partnership building, sustainable coastal development, habitat protection and stakeholder engagement.
Emma Kelley is a research associate with ECS Tech, supporting the NOAA Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) Program, coordinated through the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology. She helps facilitate NOAA’s scientific and technical support to the global LME network. Emma brings her experience from developing the Massive Online Open Course, Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management.
Gonzalo Cid is the coordinator for international activities at NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center at the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Gonzalo has worked for NOAA for more than 16 years, focusing on international cooperation and developing partnerships with international organizations and several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. His current work focuses on marine protected areas, capacity building, and coastal and marine planning.
Natalie Degger, GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (Training Specialist). Natalie has facilitated capacity development activities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is passionate about strengthening transboundary water management around the globe by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and finding innovative solutions to common problems.
Damian Indij, Cap-Net UNDP Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.
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August 6, 2018 - August 24, 2018