LME:LEARN - Large Marine Ecosystems

Large Marine Ecosystems Assessment and Management

04 Jun 2018
Our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is here!

ABOUT THIS COURSE:

Focusing on the Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of the world, this course will introduce the concept and practice of ecosystem-based management. LMEs occupy areas of coastal ocean at least 200 000 km² or greater in size. These coastal waters annually produce 12.6 trillion USD in ecosystem goods and services and are vitally important for billions of people around the globe. Because LMEs are bounded by ocean features and are globally linked, management of human activities needs to occur in an integrated fashion across political boundaries and economic sectors (e.g. fishing, shipping, energy, tourism, and mining). This represents a new type of management approach, shifting from single sector- to multi-sector assessment and management, within the spatial domain of the world’s 66 LMEs. There is global, high-level support for this new approach, and in this course we will introduce the concepts and tools for assessing and managing LMEs. Together, leaders and experts in a global movement to recover and sustain the goods and services of LMEs will introduce you to the mechanisms used for assessment, planning and implementation, including the use of Transboundary Diagnostic Analyses and Strategic Action Programmes. Based on recent activities in 22 LME projects around the globe, we will showcase examples of effective management at this scale, and highlight the challenges and issues. By the end of the online course, we hope you will be able to actively use this knowledge to advance sustainable development of the world’s oceans. The course was created with the support and input of: the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNESCO-IOC and GEF IW:LEARN. The primary audience will be working professionals involved in management of Large Marine Ecosystems. Others who would find this course useful are people involved in policy making, environmental regulation and management. Lastly, this course should be taken by anyone wishing to broaden their disciplinary scope in the field of ecosystem-based management. 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR:

The primary audience will be working professionals involved in management of Large Marine Ecosystems. Others who would find this course useful are people involved in policy making, environmental regulation and management. Lastly, this course should be taken by anyone wishing to broaden their disciplinary scope in the field of ecosystem-based management.

Together, leaders and experts in a global movement to recover and sustain the goods and services of LMEs will introduce you to the mechanisms used for assessment, planning and implementation, including the use of Transboundary Diagnostic Analyses and Strategic Action Programmes. Based on recent activities in 22 LME projects around the globe, we will showcase examples of effective management at this scale, and highlight the challenges and issues. By the end of the online course, we hope you will be able to actively use this knowledge to advance sustainable development of the world’s oceans. The course was created with the support and input of: the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNESCO-IOC and GEF IW:LEARN.

HOW CAN YOU TAKE THE COURSE:

Sign up and start your journey using the following link: Large Marine Ecosystems Management and Assessment Course 

The course is 6 weeks long and requires an investment of 3-4 hours per week