On this page we present a list of practical training opportunities for MSP planners to increase awareness of capacity development offerings. The list includes courses available both in-person in Europe as well as online. It is targeted for planners and professionals, and therefore does not include information on formal education programmes (e.g. Masters degree programmes).

Training of trainers - blue trainings

20 - 28 April 2017
Bali, Indonesia

From 20-28 April 2017 (venue tbc), Blue Solutions and the Mami Wata Project jointly offer a Training of Trainers (ToT) in order to capacitate trainers with a professional background in ocean related topics to lead and facilitate Blue Training workshops in the future.Focusing on marine and coastal planning and management the following topics are covered:

  • Integration of ecosystem services into marine and coastal planning (Blue IES);
  • Climate change adaptation in marine and coastal areas (Blue CCA); and
  • Ecosystem-based marine and coastal spatial planning (Blue Planning in Practice).

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SeaSketch Platform: Tools for Decision-Support and Managing Public Processes

25 April 2017

SeaSketch is a decision support tool that supports collaborative map-based design workflows – putting science and information at the center of participatory processes. This webinar will give participants an overview of the SeaSketch platform, share new feature additions that have been implemented to strengthen collaboration between remote teams, and highlight the resources tool developers provide so users can get the most out of their SeaSketch project.
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Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management

24 May - 21 July 2017

International Ocean Institute, Canada

The two-month course is organised by the International Ocean Institute Canada and it will emphasize the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. It also aims to increase awareness of the fact that ocean management requires broad interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures, and new forms of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation and cooperation at the local, national and international levels. Training consists of over 200 hours in the classroom, and includes lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and exercises, individual participant presentations, and an international round table.
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Water Framework Directive implementation: is it possible to achieve good ecological status in European waters, from the lessons learnt?

6 - 8 June 2017
Aquarium Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain

The topic for this summer school relates to the lessons learnt from the implementation of the WFD, in freshwaters and marine waters, and determine which actions should be taken to improve methods, measures and approaches in order to achieve finally a good ecological status in all European waters. The attendees will acquire new knowledge on recent trends in aquatic research, in relation to the management and governance of water bodies. This summer school will focus on the integration of different sciences (i.e. social, economic and ecological) as a means to enhance the potential of our aquatic systems through adequate management and governance. This course will explore this at different research and management scales (e.g. scientific, local and national governments and European scale). Hence, the main objective of the school is to give an overview on the lessons learnt from the WFD implementation and extract conclusions to adapt it in the near future and achieve good ecological status.
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ICES training course "Introduction to stock assessment" 

6 - 9 June 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

The general objective of the course is to train stock assessment scientists and advisors in basic population dynamics and stock assessment. The course not only presents the theoretical elements but also puts theory into practice through case studies and hands-on exercises.
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AquaBioTech Group: Marine Biology Courses

26 - 28 June 2017

As part of its sustained commitment to increase training and educational opportunities in themes related to marine biology and ecology, the AquaBioTech Group also offers a number of short, intensive, hands-on courses in the marine sciences. Three courses will be held in Malta at 26th to 28th of June, 11th to 13th of July and 23rd to 25th of August.
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Advanced training school: Sustainable Blue Growth in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries
Building capacities and developing skills in the marine and maritime sectors

10-19 July 2017
Trieste, Italy

The Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, in collaboration with other partner-institutions is organizing an advanced training school in Trieste for researchers, scientists and managers from the Mediterranean and Black sea Countries. OGS intends to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors. The focus of the training school is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

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Advanced school on Multispecies Modelling Approaches for Ecosystem Based Marine Resource Management in the Mediterranean Sea

30 July - 5 August
Trapani, Italy

Mediterranean fisheries resources are giving worrying signals of overexploitation and this critical situation appears difficult to reverse with current management approaches. Thus in order to provide management advice on the direct and indirect impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystem within an ecosystem based approaches to marine resource management (EAM) framework, there is a requirement for a shift from single species to multispecies advice where the management of one component of the ecosystem will depend on that of other components. 20-25 participants will convene to work on these issues. The advanced school is going to represent an annual recurrence for PhD students, researchers and policy-makers to learn about models specifically developed for multispecies approaches and how to use them.

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EcoAqua 3rd Summer School Marine / Maritime Spatial Planning

4 - 8 September 2017
Madeira, Portugal

The course follows an holistic approach to MSP, addressing stakeholder involvement, maritime sector needs, marine environment conservation, national and international legal aspects and applicable data management. The target audience are early-stage reearchers and professionals interested in Blue Growth, Bioeconomy, Coastal Tourism, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine Conservation, the application of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and related European Directives.

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introduction to marine spatial planning - ocean visions

On Demand

Introduce new professionals interested in MSP to its essential elements. Organized by Ocean Visions Consulting.
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marine spatial planning challenge 2050 sessions

On Demand

The Marine Spatial Planning Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.  The objective of the simulation-game is to significantly contribute to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated (eco-based) Marine Spatial Planning. Organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (the Netherlands), Rijkswaterstaat, Signature Games.
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