Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses on harmful microalgae. The purpose has been to improve the taxonomic and identification skills of the partici-pants for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.
The present course includes 80 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts, each consisting of 40 hours of teaching. The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme mainly for self-study of background material of the various groups of harmful algae, while the second part is a practical course in species identification.
Part I - Distant learning
The distant learning programme is using the UNESCO/IOC platform ‘Ocean Teacher’. The programme consists of 7 modules. There is an introductory text to each module and in some cases also technical documents with information on terminology, sample preparation etc.
Part II – Taxonomy and Species identification
This part of the course will focus on identification of harmful algal species, with particular reference to the ‘IOC Taxonomic Reference List on Toxic Plankton Algae’. The use of electron microscopy will be introduced, but practical exercises are not included.
Training of trainers and technology validation on the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox
Training objective: To enable trainees to effectively use the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox to evaluate nutrient loading/flux and impacts (hypoxia) based on global change scenarios (climate, land management, sewage and wastewater management) from broad continental to regional (LMEs) scales; and hands-on development and scenario analysis using nutrient flow models for a selection of megacities represented by the participants at the training workshop.
Expected learning achievements:
- Understanding the science behind the nutrient flux modelling modules of the Toolbox;
- Understanding of toolbox modelling requirements and scenario runs at continental scale to that of large marine ecosystems (LMEs);
- Demonstration of Manila Bay model evaluations;
- Use model for nutrient flows in the various megacities, scenario analysis and interpretation of results;
- Understanding the linkages between the various tools and how these will be applied in decision support processes at both technical and policy levels.
Target audience: Technical and policy professionals in relevant sectors of agriculture, urban planning, wastewater management who are charged with responsibilities for planning and management of investments in sustainable resource use and pollution control. The trainees should be in positions of leadership who could serve as contact points for onward promotion and subsequent delivery of training in-country on the toolbox. The trainees are to come from the major global regions; Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and small island states. Trainees should be from countries that represent the ‘typical’ circumstance for the region being represented.