IOI Training

Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management

Initiative Type: Training

Belém Statement Area: Ocean Resources

Initiative Location: Canada

Time Frame: 1981-Ongoing


Training is a key activity of the IOI global network. The Institute's flagship interdisciplinary training programme has been conducted at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each summer since the initiation of the course by Elisabeth Mann Borgese in 1981. This intensive programme of study challenges participants to: (1) deepen their understanding of the complexity and role of ocean-related issues in sustainable development; (2) strengthen and update their academic knowledge, while also being exposed to practical lessons drawn from actual experience in integrated coastal and ocean management; (3) develop relevant skills, leadership abilities and networks to help them apply their new knowledge on their return home; and, (4) assist their countries towards maximising benefits to be derived from the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, through the proper integration of coastal and ocean management into national and international development strategies.

Contact: International Ocean Institute,

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