The Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region comprises island and coastal states with highly vulnerable ecosystems. Its biodiversity, especially rich in endemic species, has degraded over the years as a result of anthropogenic pressures.
The five-year Biodiversity Project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), was designed for the island and coastal states of the ESA-IO to assist the countries to build the capacity of stakeholders at all levels to effectively and sustainably manage the use of biodiversity.
In that context, two (2) sessions of training of trainers (TOT) in Marine Protected Area (MPA) law in the Western Indian Ocean will be held:
- In Seychelles from 26 to 30 September 2016. This course will be conducted in English, and will draw participants from Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania.
- In Madagascar from 31 October to 4 November 2016. This course will be conducted in French and draw on participants from Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius.
The purpose of this TOT is to build the capacity of nationals from the project targeted countries for an improved understanding of the importance of MPA related laws and their implementation including enforcement and governance arrangements. This goal is to be achieved by training a batch of professionals from the MPA / environmental sector, the line Ministries, relevant departments in Universities, and from the legal profession - in environmental laws relating to marine protected areas. Once empowered, the intention is for the beneficiaries of the training to be able to train a wider range of stakeholders.
For each course there are twenty five (25) places available. All charges related to this training will be supported by the IOC Biodiversity Project.
The Applications should include:
- a brief letter of application, outlining the applicant’s position, identifying which course they are applying for, and providing a motivation for participating in the course should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com;
- a participant profile completed by the applicant. The document is available in French and English at: http://www.commissionoceanindien.org/activites/biodiversite/;
- A letter of approval from the supervising authority authorizing you to participate in this training.
Seychelles – 31 August 2016
Madagascar – 15 September 2016
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