Members of the Sustainable Aquaculture Action Group at their first meeting in Cyprus

Training courses

A series of Training Courses are available to Blue Charter Action Group members.

All training sessions for 2020 are now full. Please register your interest here for courses in 2021.

We are reviewing the training schedule and modules for 2021, if you have any suggestions for modules, please fill in the registration form above or email [email protected].

Science – policy interaction

Takunda Chitaka of South Africa, one of ten new Blue Charter fellows, will be hosted at Massey University in New Zealand

This online training course, meant mainly for policymakers, explores how science can play a critical role in informing good decision-making.

The objective of this training is to build an understanding of how the worlds of marine science and marine policy should interact to bridge the ‘science-policy divide’.

This 2-hour training course will consist of three 20 minute sessions with interactive discussion after each session:

  • Session 1: Understanding scientists and policymakers
  • Session 2: The role of science in decision-making
  • Session 3: Communication and integration across the science/policy interface

Download the overview for the Science Policy course for more information

Mangrove Mapping – for Technicians

Mangrove tree islet viewed from the water surface, Belize, Central America

This online course is tailored to technicians with prior GIS knowledge. If you have not used GIS already, please register for our managers training instead. During this 2-hour course, you will learn:

  • Why map mangroves?
  • Features and capabilities of GIS software
  • Using Global Mangrove Watch data
  • Accessing remote imagery data and using Google Earth Engine
  • Performing initial mapping and analyses
  • Strengths and weaknesses of software options

All participants are requested to have a Google Earth Engine account and to have downloaded QGIS prior to the training session

Download the Mangrove Mapping for technicians flyer for more information

Mangrove Mapping – for Managers

This online course is for managers interested in mangrove mapping for national mangrove inventories. During the 2-hour course, you will learn:

  • Why map mangroves?
  • How mangroves are mapped using GIS
  • Introduction to GIS tools
  • Strengths and weaknesses of software options

Download the mangrove mapping for managers flyer for more information


Stakeholder engagement strategies

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth meeting with Blue Charter Stakeholders

Online training teaches effective strategies for stakeholder engagement on marine issues and actions.

The 6-hour training course, set over two days, will draw out key insights and principles from international best practice to assist you in designing stakeholder engagement for Blue Charter initiatives.

Download the invitation to participate in Training on Effective Stakeholder Engagement for more information


Project proposal development

Group at the Blue Charter All Champions Partner Day

This online training course aims to help the Blue Charter network of Action Groups and collaborators develop successful collaborative project proposals that bridge science with policy.

This 12-hour course, taught over 2 days, covers project conceptualization, planning, and partnerships, ending with the creation of a concept note that can be used in discussions with potential funders. This course is designed for those Commonwealth members who have ocean-related project ideas and wish to bring them to fruition.

Download the overview for the Project Proposal course for more information

Download The Commonwealth Blue Charter

The Commonwealth Blue Charter – Shared Values, Shared Ocean. A Commonwealth commitment to work together to protect and manage our ocean.