Topic outline

  • General


    Increased activity in the coastal and marine environment has led to two important types of conflicts in the region: (1) conflicts among human uses (user-user conflicts); and (2) conflicts between human uses and the coastal and marine environment (user-environment conflicts). These conflicts weaken the ability of the ocean to provide the necessary ecosystem services upon which humans and all other life depend on. This course provides an introductory, but comprehensive, overview of CMSP. It focuses on describing a logical sequence of all the steps required to achieve desired goals and objectives for coastal and marine areas. This course does not focus on the technical details of any one of the steps and it is not intended to be a course that will help to develop a marine GIS 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 CMSP as a way to achieve multiple goals and objectives, including sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation within a specified coastal and marine area.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of this course is to explain how CMSP can be used to implement ecosystem-based management. This course fills this gap by using a step-by-step approach for developing and implementing CMSP. It also discusses issues such as obtaining financial resources and including key  stakeholders that are often neglected, and steps of the CMSP process.

    Course Topics

    • What is CMSP, what are the benefits and expected results;
    • Insight in the logical steps and tasks of setting up a successful CMSP program;
    • Overview of successful and not successful case studies from around the world;
    • Identification of human activities that adversely affect important natural areas on coastal and marine areas
    • Streamlining the policies and licensing procedures affecting the coastal and marine environment
    • Identification of space most suitable for the development of new human activities such as renewable energy facilities or offshore aquaculture

    Target Audience

    • National, state and local district planning officers responsible for the planning and management of coastal and marine areas, and their resources
    • Conservation personnel from the public and private sectors including NGOs
    • Decision makers; Local district / municipal officers

    Course Pre-requisites:

    • Interest or new responsibilities coastal zone management and marine spatial planning
    • Good Working knowledge of English language
    • Computer IT skills


    Course Venue
    • INOS-UMT, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
    Course dates: 18 - 22 November 2018
  • 1. Welcome and Introduction

    • Introduction of Lecturers and Participants
    • Presentation on OTGA and Overview of the Course Content
    • Case study briefing: Setiu wetlands
    • 2. Field Trip to Setiu Wetland: CMSP Case Study

      Brief Introduction on Setiu Wetlands

      The Setiu Wetlands consists of three river basins converged to form a continuous lagoon 14 km long. It has nine interconnected ecosystems that read like a biodiversity textbook. It is a mixture of sand islands, mudflats, mangroves, peat swamp, riparian forest, seagrass beds and sand beaches, and a lagoon filled with both sea and fresh water. And its diversity extends to it being a breeding ground for scores of mammals, reptiles and marine life. One can also visit a seafood aquaculture centre in the middle of the lagoon. Not many know that this centre also breeds oysters. Combined with beautiful scenery, Setiu Wetlands is heaven for the eco-tourist – an interesting destination for those who love the outdoors and nature.


      • 3. Overview of Planning Process

        • Overview of Place-Based Marine Planning (CMSP)
        • Benefits of Place-based Marine Planning
        • Principles of Marine Spatial Planning
          • Ecosystem-based Management
          • Precautionary Principle
          • Adaptive Management
        • 4. Defining the Area of Focus for your CMSP Process

          • 5. Identifying Target Resources for Protection

            • Ecologically and biologically important areas
            • Conservation targets
            • Cultural and historic resources
            • Socioeconomic resources
            • 6. Using Management Objectives As The Drivers For Decision Making & Identifying, Characterizing And Managing Stakeholder Engagement

              • Developing Multiple Use Management Objectives
              • Addressing Conflicts Between Objectives
              • Learning How to Make Trade-Offs in Stakeholder Interests and Balancing Decision-Making
              • Building Objectives for Place-Based Marine Planning
              • Stakeholders and Mapping Uses
              • Uses of The Coastal and Marine Environment
              • 7. Understanding Impacts From Outside The Management Area & Predicting Future Uses Of Marine Environment

                • Vessel Traffic
                • Offshore Energy
                • Coastal Development
                • Watershed Impacts
                • 8. Identifying Areas Of Conflict And Compatibility

                  • Identifying Uses That Are Compatible with Management Objectives
                  • Identifying Uses That Are Compatible with One Another
                  • 9. Overview of a Place-Based Marine Plan

                    • Principles of CMSP Management Planning
                    • Key Aspects of the CMSP Management Plan
                    • CMSP Management Tools and Approaches
                    • 10. Selecting Management Strategies

                      • Stakeholder Participation
                      • Criteria for Selecting Management Measures
                      • Specifying How,When and Where
                      • 11. Developing The Spatial Allocation Plan & Enforceable Boundaries

                        • Spatial and Temporal Management Tools Uses
                        • Incompatibilities Between Uses of the Management Area and Between Uses and the Management Area’s Management Objectives
                        • Compliance and Enforcement
                        • 12. Developing Clear Parameters for Regulating Activity in the Zones

                          • Importance of Developing Clear and Concise Descriptions for What Can and Cannot Occur in Each Zone
                          • Closing and Wrap up

                            • Course Feedback
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                            • Certificates
                            • Closing Ceremony