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23-26 May, 2011
White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Background information
The Western Indian Ocean’s beautiful coasts and the abundance of marine resources contribute to economic and environmental security for over 60 million people that live within the 100 km off the coast lines.The marine and coastal environment requires a dedicated, co-ordinated and integrated management approach to sustain the ecosystem goods and services on which coastal communities depend on. A proactive coastal policy is needed to promote harmony between sectoral policies on institutional arrangements, coordination and integration of planning. It is for this reason that the countries of WIO are supporting the implementation of the Protocol for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBSA Protocol) and development of protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at the national level. However it is notable that the leadership skills of the people incharge of the institutions that make policies on marine and coastal environment require an extra set of skills that will enable them to better manage their institutions and better advocate for policies that support Ecosystem Based Management approaches that transcend their current mandates, departments or Ministries.

    It is within this context that the Nairobi Convention Secretariat has designed a Regional championship programme focusing on leadership training and communication for integrated approaches in the management of the marine and coastal environment, for policy makers and senior government officials. The aim of the programme is to strengthen leadership and partnership building skills for key persons that are already leaders in their own right, and are all directly associated in one way or the other with the implementation of the objectives of the Convention, as defined by the Contracting Parties.

The regional training course entitled “Leadership in Environmental Management for  Oceans and Coasts in the Western Indian Ocean region” will be held on 23 to 26 May, 2011 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The training course is designed to support the Heads of the Nairobi Conventions Focal Institutions; the Focal Points and heads of Academic Institutions; as well as senior experts and researchers from Government Institutions and Universities that are providing backstopping support to the Nairobi Convention activities in each of the participating country.

UNEP is partnering with the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) to organize the regional leadership training course on Environmental Management for Oceans and Coasts, in the Western Indian Ocean region. IMS will bring to the partnership valuable technical expertise and a wealth of capacity building experience in the WIO region.

Course Objectives:
The objective of the leadership training workshop is to equip senior policy makers in the WIO region with leadership skills in advocacy and tools for effective communication of marine and coastal issues at the highest decision making level in a consistent manner.The training course will focus on leadership and communication skills for: a) negotiating Multilateral Environmental Agreements; b) formulation and implementation of policies; c) formulation and enforcement of regulations; and c) multi-scale networking..

The course is designed to:

  1. Consolidate and reinforce leadership competence, advocacy and proficiency in management of the marine and coastal environment for better ecosystem services delivery and improved livelihoods of coastal communities in the region;
  2. Extend learning by focusing on practical skills and techniques that leaders can use to improve performance, relevance and input; and
  3. Provide opportunities for personal growth and networking.

Course Structure:

See attached Timetable presented in Document No. 1.

Expected Outcomes:
At the end of the training course participants shall be better leaders, advocates and communicators on marine and coastal issues in the following areas: i) Negotiations of Multilateral Environment Agreements (international and regional); ii) Formulation of Marine related environmental policies; iii) Enforcement of regulations/legislation related to marine and coastal environment; and iv) Establishment of a multi-scale network of experts.

The training course brings together policy makers, senior government officials, Executive Secretaries, Directors, Heads of departments, Heads of Institutes, senior experts and researchers from Government institutions and Universities.