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).

OCEAN MOOC (massive open online course)

14 June - 26 July 2017


This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides students with a knowledge base covering ocean science and governance topics. Marine scientists team with economists, lawyers and philosophers to provide a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet. The MOOC is organized into 6 modules: 

01 One Planet – One Ocean
02 Coasts
03 Marine Ecosystems (includes MSP)
04 Fisheries and Aquaculture
05 Marine Life and Minerals
06 Ocean and Climate 

Registration is open until 14th of August 2017.

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

30 July - 5 August 2017
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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Marine Data Management Workshops

August 2017 - March 2018 (several dates available)
Plymouth, Edinburgh & London, UK

MEDIN have announced another series of their very popular and well-received workshops on marine data management, for the coming year. There are upcoming workshops still available in August 2017, November 2017 and January and March 2018. These workshops are designed to help individuals and organisations make their marine data holdings discoverable and re-usable by future users.

The workshops are modular, with a morning session on MEDIN Data Guidelines and an afternoon session on the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard and tools. MEDIN are happy for users to attend either the full day or just the morning or afternoon session, as best suits individual needs.

MEDIN aim to personalise each workshop, with the Guidelines to be covered varying between attendees, depending on their individual data requirements.  One session may therefore cover Data Guidelines ranging from bathymetry to biodiversity and/or geophysics, depending on who attends. MEDIN will contact registered attendees in advance of the workshops to identify which guidelines suit their data.

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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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18-22 September 2017
Zaragoza, Spain

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM) is organising a four-day advanced course exploring the environmental effects of aquaculture. From the knowledge of the aquaculture environment interactions and
progress at different scales, this course intends to provide participants with solid arguments for the establishment of robust monitoring programmes allowing for rational decision making. By the end of the course the participants will:

  • Be aware of the environmental impacts associated with marine and freshwater aquaculture systems in relation to present and future legislation in Mediterranean countries, and their adherence to the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA) concept.
  • Be familiar with the concepts of why monitoring is important for statutory environmental regulation, for on-farm environmental management, and for environmental research for future aquaculture development, and to understand the cost-benefits of different monitoring approaches.
  • Be able to apply standard and new methods for monitoring aquatic environments for aquaculture management.
  • Gain experience in taking the environmental samples and subsequent lab analysis of data necessary for effective monitoring and accurate interpretation of the results.
  • Understand the application of monitoring to real situations across different aquaculture production systems.
  • Be able to debate the pros and cons of different environmental monitoring approaches with aquaculture managers and environmental regulators and policy makers alike.

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The international ocean institute training programme on regional ocean governance for the mediterranean, black, baltic and caspian seas

5 November - 8 December 2017

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.  

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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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Blue Planning in practice

On Demand

The Blue Planning training course aims to strengthen practical planning and implementation informed by decades of practical experiences and learning in the eld. This course therefore provides an introduction to the theory and practical starting points of coastal and marine spatial planning. The course is based on a case method, which conveys teaching messages mainly through interactive practical work by trainees.  
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