The course is a part of the commitment by MFF, BOBLEME and AIT to address the growing need for qualified coastal management practitioners in the region. The course aims to build a strong cadre of coastal managers and policy makers with the knowledge, tools and skills to design and implement sustainable ICM programmes for countries in Asia.
Welcoming the participants in her opening remarks, Maeve Nightingale Course Coordinator said, "In addition to the technical and practical skills that will be taught, the ICM course offers the opportunity for participants to share and spread knowledge from their experiences in their respective countries". Speaking on the occasion Prof. Dr. Wenresti G. Gallardo of AIT welcomed the participants and expressed his thoughts on the relevance of the ICM course.
The twenty-seven participants selected from ten countries across Asia (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam) are taking part in the course this year. The six week course will focus on marine and coastal ecosystems, principles of ICM and project development and monitoring components.