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Marine protected areas

This MOOC will introduce the context of these technologies applied to conservation, existing techniques, prerequisites for their implementation, their scientific and / or technical basis, their opportunities and limitations, their uses in the field etc. Some basics in regards to communications, data storage, software and energy availability will be explained, and new developments such as blockchain will be presented along with examples from the field.

Start : 2024-02-05 End : 2024-06-30 Status : Ongoing

MOOC syllabus

Module 1: MPA definition and key concepts

1.2 MPA definition and key concepts
1.3 Roles and benefits of MPAs
1.4 MPAs and threats to the ocean
1.5 MPAs in the world
1.6 MPAs in international and regional conventions and treaties

Module 2: Planning of MPAs

2.2 Designing MPAs
2.3 Designing MPA networks
2.4 MPAs and climate change
2.5 MPAs and coastal planning
2.6 MPAs in the high seas

Module 3: Management, governance, funding and valorisation

3.2 Applying management categories to MPAs
3.3 Governance of MPAs
3.4 MPAs and surrounding economies
3.5 Development and valorisation of MPAs
3.6 Funding mechanisms
3.7 Case study Zanzibar and Iroise Marine Park

Module 4: MPA management, enforcement and reporting

4.2 Managing MPAs
4.3 MPAs and ecosystem management
4.4 Evaluation of MPA management effectiveness
4.5 Managing with national and local laws
4.6 Law enforcement in the high seas

Module 5: MPAs and marine biodiversity

5.2 MPAs and guidance for conservation
5.3 Marine biodiversity and conservation status
5.4 Ecological monitoring
5.5 MPAs and invasive species
5.6 Ex situ conservation for marine species

Module 6: The future of MPAs: perspective and opportunities

6.2 MPAs and Blue Economy
6.3 Innovation, new technologies and outreach
6.4 MPAs, resilience and risk reduction
6.5 Restoration of marine ecosystems
6.6 Innovative funding mechanisms

The instructors

There are four main instructors presenting this course: Geoffroy Mauvais (IUCN-Papaco), Roman Eyholzer (Porini Foundation), Simon Hodgkinson (SEN) and Pierre-Yves Rochat (EPFL).The content of the course was created by these instructors as well as the teams of IUCN-Papaco, Senghor University and EPFL.

Practical information

Follow this course online, on this platform, at your own pace.
Duration: 40 hours of work online and offline (this is an estimate, the reality depends on each student).
Price: free (including the attestation).