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International Ocean Institute (IOI)- Ocean Governance training & capacity development
by International Ocean Institute - IOI (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The IOI, through its global network of centres, offers annually a portfolio of international and regional Training and Capacity Development Programmes in Ocean Governance; IOI also provides customised thematic courses and leadership seminars at the request of partners.

Since its foundation in 1972, IOI has trained hundreds of young practitioners, particularly from developing countries and countries in transition, and contributes towards a growing global network of trained and empowered leaders fully conversant with the latest developments in ocean governance. IOI course participants acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for effective ocean governance. They are empowered to apply contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on the moral, ethical and legal values in ocean governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean).

IOI training programme syllabi emphasise the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. They recognize that ocean governance requires broad interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures, and new forms of interaction between intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and cooperation at the local, national and international levels. The syllabi core contents cover material in the fields of the law of the sea, the natural and social sciences, economics, policy making, related conventions and offer the opportunity to integrate new and emerging issues as well as regional matters of specific interest or concern.

Training consists of classroom-based lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and international round tables. Guidance offered by the expert faculty is supported through the provision of appropriate tools and additional information and participants are expected to explore the subjects in more depth to supplement the material offered in class.

The IOI Regional Programmes offer a targeted regional approach to global ocean governance with each regional programme addressing the respective regional seas perspectives, issues and mechanisms. They emphasize the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and promoting a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The courses contribute to building a sustainable core of experts in the region.

The IOI provides Tailor-Made Programmes on specific topics at the request of partners. The IOI benefits from an international network of faculty with expertise in key areas pertaining to ocean matters. Requests for specific thematic courses or seminars on ocean topics or specific regions or seas can be accommodated with course syllabi and dedicated faculty lists drawn up specifically to fulfill the needs of the requesting organisation
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
  • information relating to harmful subsidies
  • Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Other : Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
  • Other (please specify): Capacity Development/Management/Governance Training
Aug-Sep Annually
IOI Training Programme: Regional Ocean Governance Training Programme (African Seas - http://ioisa.org/training)
May-Jun Annually
IOI Training Programme: Ocean Governance: Policy, Law & Management (http://internationaloceaninstitute.dal.ca/training.htm)
Nov-Dec Annually
IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance (Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas - http://www.ioimaltacourse.org)
Oct-Sep Annually
Post Graduate Degree: Master of Arts in Ocean Governance; with Fac Laws, Uni of Malta. (http://www.um.edu.mt/icp/ocean-governance)
Other, please specify
IOI can provide customised training on aspects of SDG14 on ad hoc basis according to requirements
Staff / Technical expertise
IOI directors, governors and network members provide course preparation, implementation and direction, as well as lecturing expertise
Other, please specify
IOI supports the training programmes, and some costs for participants from developing countries
In-kind contribution
Staff time and office facilities and some overheads; also through agreements with host centres and other partners
Basic information
Time-frame: 1972 - Ongoing
IOI HQ and IOI Training Centres in Canada, Malta, South Africa, PR China, Thailand, Brazil and training partner in Turkmenistan; IOI training support centres in Germany, Egypt, Nigeria, Costa Rica & IR Iran; and IOI focal points gobally (NGO) and collaboration with strategic training partners. Total of 35 IOI Centres and Focal Points in 33 countries.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Target beneficiaries of IOI training programmes are mid-career practitioners in ocean governance, as well as scientists, policy makers, educators and decision makers. Selected candidates should be in a position to be able to successfully transmit and appl
Contact information
Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director IOI HQ, ioihq@ioihq.org.mt, +35621346529
International Ocean Institute (IOI) HQ; PO Box 3, Msida, MSD2080, Malta - Europe
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