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Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management, University of Cape Town

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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 produce 12.6 trillion USD in ecosystem goods and services annually 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 approached - shifting from single sector-based to multi-sector assessment and management within the spatial domain of the world's 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. 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 (Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis), planning and implementation (Strategic Action Programme). Based on recent activities in implementation and practice of the LME approach in 22 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 IW:LEARN....

Top reviews

By TC

Jan 17, 2019

This course deepened my understanding of large marine ecosystems, how they should be assessed and the best practices/strategies that should be implemented in order to successfully manage them.

By DL

Sep 26, 2018

Great course but the volume levels of the videos need to be adjusted. Difficult to hear even at maximum volume.

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By Mihaela Liliana Nicoara

Apr 13, 2019

I enjoyed every lesson in this course!

By Lauren Fonto

Mar 12, 2019

I really enjoyed going more into depth on large marine ecosystems, after seeing the term mentioned in a paper I read for my Honours thesis. I feel that the holistic approach to managing shared marine resources is a winning strategy, and I'm glad that I now have foundational knowledge of a topic which is at the cutting edge of marine resource management.

By WINSTON RODRIGUEZ

Feb 13, 2019

The best so far!

By Ekemini Okon

Feb 01, 2019

I have enjoyed every bit of this course. It's very interesting and engaging. I've learnt a lot. Thank you.

By Tanya Chase

Jan 17, 2019

This course deepened my understanding of large marine ecosystems, how they should be assessed and the best practices/strategies that should be implemented in order to successfully manage them.

By Hernán Orellana-Vásquez

Dec 27, 2018

Excelent!

By AGYEMAN NARKIE AKUA

Oct 18, 2018

A VERY INFORMATIVE COURSE. I RECOMMEND EVERYONE INTERESTED IN ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT TO TAKE IT

By Dane Lazarus

Sep 26, 2018

Great course but the volume levels of the videos need to be adjusted. Difficult to hear even at maximum volume.

By Katherine Handley

Sep 25, 2018

I thought this course was excellent! It is the first online course I have completed, and I found it interactive, engaging and informative. The information was conveyed through a good mix of media, and the assignments and quizzes at an appropriate level to retain one's attention and make one think !

By Francine

Sep 25, 2018

No reaction whatsoever from the staff - a pity.