The key focus of this project is to identify institutional and human capacity gaps in effective management of ecosystems, and to undertake initiatives with the partner institutions to address those gaps. The tasks accomplished under this project lines in 2016 include
(1) The Water Learning Centre (WLC), a distance education program focused on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) with thematic coverage on: sustainable water management; water-health; mangrove ecosystems and climate change is one of the key activities.
(2) The International Masters Programme on Integrated Dryland Management, in operation since 2006, is a multi-partner initiative designed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to manage their drylands resources.
(3) The ‘International Training Course on Coastal Biodiversity in Mangrove Ecosystems’ has a particular emphasis given to teaching the methodology for assessing, monitoring, and conserving coastal biodiversity in the South and South East Asian region. The announcement for 2016 cohort was launched in September 2016 – current status- applications received- to be reviewed and finalized in Novemebr 2016, the program is proposed to be held in December 2016.
(4) A capacity building activity was piloted in 2013 in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region in collaboration with Annamalai University (India) and regional partners in Eastern Africa. A proposal for the second phase of the WIO activity was submitted in 2015 and funding was approved for the activity in 2016. The training program ‘2ND COURSE ON MANGROVE ECOSYSTEMS FOR THE WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN REGION ’ was held at the Center of Marine Sciences, Moana, University of Nairobi, Kenya from 17-28 May 2016 wherein more than 25 delegates from the region representing more than seven countries in the western Indian Ocean participated and learned about tools and approaches for undertaking monitoring, research and conservation of mangrove ecosystems
(5) The on-line Open Access Post-Graduate Course on Mangrove Ecosystems is currently being offered in partnership with The Nature Conservancy(TNC)- all units complete and launched.
(6) UNU-INWEH submitted a joint proposal submission with the Asian Institute of Technology Center and Can Tho University in Vietnam for a capacity development programme for coastal ecosystem management in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme -International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP- IEMP) in Beijing, China to Asia Pacific Network in Japan. The proposal was accepted for funding in August 2016 April 2016- a regional training and workshop will be held in November, 2016 in Cantho, Vietnam where more than 20 participants from 5 countries in the Southeast Asian region will participate in the program.