IOI-MOC runs the second IOI Training Course on Ocean Governance The IOI Training Course on Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries was held in Malta between the 13 November and 15 December 2006. Seventeen scientists, researchers and experts currently active in the fields of oceanography and coastal management and representing 10 countries, including Malta, participated in this second intensive 5-week course.

The course participants came together to find out about and exchange views on the laws, policy and science of ocean governance of the Mediterranean, the Black, the Baltic and the Caspian Seas.

The underlying theme of the course was the need to align the practice of ocean governance with the advances in science and technology while focusing on the linkages between the natural, social and economic sciences in order to enable the realistic achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.

During the course, participants were involved in a number of simulation exercises and case studies which provided them with the opportunity to apply theory to practice in decision-making processes relating to ocean policy development and coastal zone planning. This hands on approach ensured a high level of interaction between the participants, which will go a long way towards achieving the secondary aim of this IOI course; that of creating a network of practitioners in marine-related science, management and policy.

The highlight of this second course was the full-day seminar “Pondering on the EU Green Paper on Maritime Policy”, specially devoted to critically debate some pertinent issues raised by the paper in connection with the cross-sectoral approach and linkages at regional level that such a policy would need to adopt. Some 100 people from various marine- and legal-related sectors, including academia, participated. Prominent guests included the EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg, who addressed the seminar in the afternoon session. Discussion panels to stimulate debate were also held. At the end of the seminar, the course participants presented a paper calling for an EU flag as an incentive to phase out flags of convenience, and stressing the importance of no compromise in the area of fishing, particularly illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Further information on this event can be viewed on http://www.capemalta.net/news/EUGreenPaper/ .

Future IOI training courses will act as a tool for achieving the goals of the EU Maritime Policy, empowering talented and resourceful persons in new EU countries and neighbouring countries for this.

Various foreign and local lecturers contributed to this year’s course, supported by a number of local experts who contributed to the field trips and participated in other special sessions held throughout the course. The opening and closing days of the course were marked with a reception and a closing ceremony respectively.

The course was run by the IOI-Malta Operational Centre (www.capemalta.net) and was accredited by the University of Malta. The course and a number of participants were sponsored by the International Ocean Institute, the Lighthouse Foundation and the United Nations University, EHS and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation UNDP.


Students and organisers of the IOI Malta Training Course


Commissioner Joe Borg addressing the seminar “Pondering on the EU Green Paper on Maritime Policy”


The IOI Malta Training Course students on a fieldwork session.