The International Ocean Institute (IOI)

Training Programme - Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas



 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. 

This training programme is a flagship activity of IOI together with that delivered from the University of Dalhousie in Canada and builds upon the more than 35 years' experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. One of the main objectives is to assist in the formation of a core of decision-makers who will be aware of the complex global and regional contemporary issues of coastal and ocean management.   

The Ocean Governance content covers contemporary approaches to coastal and ocean management, with an emphasis on moral, ethical and legal values in Ocean Governance (equity and peaceful uses of the ocean) under the governance architecture of UNCLOS and related international; instruments and agreements.



As from 2017, participants successfully completing all course material will be eligible to receive transcripts from the University of Malta equivalent to 15 ECTS, or 5 ECTS per Study Unit achieved.  This year’s course content shall be delivered in the form of 3 stand-alone Study-Units (GSC 5101, GSC 5102 and GSC 5103), which together make up the full Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic & Caspian Seas.

  • Offered by IOI in Malta, Europe
  • Five-week residential programme offered annually since 2005 in November-December
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

The IOI is pleased to announce the 5-week Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black,Baltic and Caspian Seas which will be offered for the 14th consecutive year from the 4th November to the 7th December 2018.

The course will cover the international ocean legal framework and related conventions, ocean resource management and exploitation issues, negotiation skills and even a policy-simulation exercise at the end. Furthermore, the course will address topical issues such as ocean literacy, marine litter and microplastics, the latest progress in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) as well as a seminar on Marine Genetic Resources (MGRs) and include two field visits (Grand Harbour and Gozo), GIS lab sessions and a training session on Marine Spatial Planning.

This year’s course is formally accredited by the University of Malta in the form of three study-units carrying a total of 15ECTS.  The description for the three Study Units is available  from the links below. Course participants successfully completing the three study units shall receive a transcript documenting this from the University of Malta.

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