The scope and complexity of integrated coastal management (ICM) programs which can be successfully implemented by any nation is directly dependent on its national capacity. Yet, despite substantive efforts over the last decade in education and training in countries of the Western Indian Ocean region, there remains insufficient individual and institutional capacity to implement meaningful coastal management programs. The reasons for this are many and varied.
This report provides an overview of the course background, approach, and design; a summary of the goals and content of each module; a section on the financial aspects of the course; a summary statement on participant evaluations of the course; and a section on an analysis of key lessons learned. Appendices include a list of service proposals and a checklist of course administration considerations.
The Learning & Performing course was an experiment—a successful experiment that took a bold new approach. Yet, it is meant to serve as only the first in a series of initiatives within the Western Indian Ocean region, a series which will—over the longer term— significantly build the region’s capacity to sustainably manage its own precious coasts.