ABOUT THIS COURSE ON MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German philosopher (1749-1832)
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." John Ruskin, English social thinker, artist and poet (1819-1900)
Who should take this course?
This course is primarily intended for decision makers and professionals responsible for the planning and management of marine areas and their resources. It is especially targeted to situations in which time, finances, information and other resources are Iimited. If you encounter one or more of the issues listed in the checklist below, this course might be what you need to get started.
The course provides an introductory, but comprehensive, overview of MSP. It focuses on describing a logical sequence of 10 steps that are all required to achieve desired goals and objectives for marine areas. It does not focus on the technical details of any one of the steps, e.g., it is not intended to be a course that will help to develop a marine geographic information system or implement a performance monitoring system. When available, references to existing technical guides, handbooks, and websites are suggested in the course materials.
This course can help professionals at the international, regional, national, and sub-national levels who want to know more about the promise and potential of MSP as a way to achieve multiple goals and objectives, including sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation within a specified marine area.
How can this course be useful to you?
The course should be useful if you want to know more about some of these issues:
• Understanding what marine spatial planning is about, what benefits it can have, and what results you can expect;
• Insight in the logical steps and tasks of setting up a successful MSP program;
• Awareness of what has worked and what has not in MSP practice around the world;
• Do you have (or expect) human activities that adversely affect important natural areas of your marine area?
• Do you have (or expect) incompatible human activities that conflict with one another in your marine area?
• Do you need to streamline policies and licensing procedures affecting the marine environment?
• Do you need to decide on what space is most suitable for the development of new human activities such as renewable energy facilities or offshore aquaculture?
• Do you need a vision of what your marine area could or should look like in another 10, 20, 30 years from now?
Why is this course needed?
Most professionals responsible for the planning and management of marine areas and their resources often have scientific or technical training in areas such as ecology, biology, oceanography or engineering. Few have been trained as professional planners and managers. Many new marine managers wind up “learning on the job”—a sometimes effective, but often expensive, way to do business.
This course fills this gap by using a step-by-step approach for developing and implementing MSP. It provides an understanding of the different tasks, skills and expertise you need to develop and sustain your efforts. It also discusses issues such as obtaining financial resources or organizing stakeholders that are important, often neglected, steps of the MSP process.
Lecturer: Charles Ehler
Invited Lecturer: Roger Longhorn
Dates: 31 May - 1 June 2011
Course Agenda, Presentations and Videos: