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International Course on Mangrove Ecosystems

The International Course on Mangroves

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Course Overview

Since 2004, UNU-INWEH has been supporting this annual two-week training course in collaboration with UNESCO-MAB and Annamalai University, India, where it is organized and held. The South Asia Co-Operative Environment Programme (SACEP) became a partner in 2011.

The course aims to build the capacity of professionals and institutions in developing countries to undertake monitoring, research and conservation of  mangrove forests. This is achieved through training in the scientific methodology and teaching of latest research work on related subjects. A secondary objective is to create a network of professionals working with mangroves.

The course aims to build the capacity of professionals and institutions in developing countries to undertake monitoring, research and conservation of mangrove forests. This is achieved through training in the scientific methodology and teaching of latest research work on related subjects. A secondary objective is to create a network of professionals working with mangroves.

Further information: Training and capacity building for managing our mangroves resources – UNU’s role to meet regional challenges

The 16th International Course on Integrated Mangrove Ecosystems Management will be held at the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, India from 27 November to 10 December 2016. This two-week training course includes a mix of theory, lab, and practical or field sessions, conducted by subject experts. Each day of the course, a participant will present a case study from his or her area, region, or country, which will be followed up by a group discussion. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2016.

 

2016 Course Brochure

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Fellowships

UNU Fellowship

A limited number of full fellowships are available to qualified candidates from developing countries only. These fellowships will be granted on a competitive basis and will cover all expenses, including economy excursion airfares via the most direct route for candidates from outside India. Candidates from India will be reimbursed for travel via the most direct route.

In order to apply for a fellowship, please complete the section called ‘Justification for UNU Fellowships’ in the application form.

In addition we have partial scholarships. Self-funded participation is encouraged. Please apply to participate in this program by following the instructions listed in the brochure.

 

Reviews and Feedback

Want to know what past students thought of the training course? Read the annual evaluations below.

Want to know how others viewed the courses? Check out expert and alumni reviews below!

 

Applications

Application forms downloadable in PDF or word format can be sent via email or by sending hard copies by October 31, 2016 to:

 

Dr. K. Kathiresan, Dean and Director

Center of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University

Parangipettai 608 502, Tamil Nadu, India

 

Telephone:

+ 91 4144 243223 (Office)
+ 91 4144 238419 (Residence)
+ 91 9442 068003 (Mobile)

 

E-mail:

kathirsum@rediffmail.com;

kathiresan57@gmail.com

 

Due to the high number of applications only successful applicants will be contacted. Late Applications will not be considered.

 

Past Training Courses

In 2013, UNU-INWEH teamed up with WIOMS, KMFRI, the Mangrove Network, UNEP,  the University Of Nairobi, Annemalai University, Cordio, WWF, and MFF for a mangrove course on the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

In total, 24 participants attended from throughout the WIO region. Participants were a mix of young professionals, academics, park rangers and managers that deal with mangroves. The course was comprised of lectures, group discussions, and demonstrations, and covered diverse topics including, mangrove biology and ecology, faunal and floral diversity, restoration and management tools, ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and mitigation, coastal resilience, mangrove fisheries, mangrove communities and livelihoods, as well as the use of economics, policies and laws for mangrove protection.

Two field visits to the mangroves of Gazi Bay were included to familiarize the participants with advanced methodologies in mangrove taxonomy, forest assessment and monitoring. The mangroves of Gazi Bay form broad and diverse forests which are heavily relied upon by local people for food and fuel, are the basis for ecotourism activities, form part of an interconnected coastal ecosystem that includes seagrasses and coral reefs, and have been well-studied. Therefore, this location afforded an excellent opportunity for students to observe and engage with the many issues pertinent to mangrove ecology and management which they learned about in lectures and group discussions. Participants also visited Shimba Hills on the day after the official closing ceremony of the course. This provided an opportunity for students to observe land-sea interactions and possible effects on mangroves. To learn more, read the Course Training Report and the Student Evaluation.

The continuation of this course is currently in talks for further development. Once finalized, all updates regarding future WIO courses will be posted on the UNU-INWEH website.

 

UN Mangroves Alumni Network

Want to keep in touch with fellow alumni? Join the official Facebook group for the International Training Course on Mangrove Biodiversity and Ecosystems Alumni.