Advanced Specialised Course in 

Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities

May 9 â€“ July 15, 2022

CIHEAM BARI is launching a new high-level specialised Training Programme in collaboration with the FAO and funded by the Italian Cooperation.


This third edition of the course aims to strengthen stakeholders’ capacities, develop, and implement integrated management policies, strategies and tools, focusing especially on stakeholders’ empowerment, offering a comprehensive view of the Blue Economy explored through a cross-sectoral approach.

The program is specially built on the principles and practices of Sustainable coastal development, in particular planning and management, technical and legal aspects, taking into account environmental, social and administrative issues for development process.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to identify strengths and limitations of sustainable development of their own coastal territories and promote development planning initiatives under an integrated approach including different sectors such as coastal and maritime activities.
  • Be familiar with the relevant methodologies for the project management and planning and understanding of ecological models, the assessment of marine resources status and the identification of the development strategies.
  • Have acquired knowledge about the international and regional best practices related to the fisheries management, aquaculture development and sustainable coastal maritime activities and tourism, encouraging local cooperation and introducing the model of Smart Coastal Villages, for contributing to improve the legislative frameworks in their own countries.
  • Have developed their knowledge of the main innovations and management models for improving the seafood and correlated coastal community products value chain, managing the environmental threats and increasing the competitiveness of the coastal and maritime sectors.

Course structure

The course will be organized in weekly units for a total duration of 10 weeks. Classes will include frontal lectures and interactive activities integrated with study tours and discussion sessions with private stakeholders.

The training approach is oriented to promote an integrated and smart development vision of the coastal area, transferring both technical and practical knowledge (ie. through lectures and best practices) for planning and implementing the best and sustainable interaction among all coastal development drivers

The course will be held at the Tricase branch of CIHEAM Bari (Lecce) where the activities will be carried on.

Beneficiaries & Admission Procedures

The course is addressed to 14 officials from the Ministries of Agriculture and Fishery, of Mediterranean and IORA countries. This course is designed to assist representatives from government and related authorities, who are directly involved in the planning of coastal uses:

  • Policy makers or advisors.
  • National fisheries administration officials.
  • Mid-level managers, technical staff, field personnel who are involved in the planning and development of coastal zones.
  • Planners, policy formulators and programme managers who are involved in marine spatial planning. 

They will be nominated by the competent Ministries in which they are employed, who will authorize the pre-selected candidates to apply for this course through the online procedure of the CIHEAM Bari website.  After the selection made by CIHEAM Bari staff, through the evaluation of files and a personal interview (call conference), one participant per country will be chosen. The 14 final participants will benefit of full scholarships covering all course expenses (travel, board and lodging, insurance, pocket money).

Language Requirement

English is the communication and educational language of the program.

For further details, please download the Course programme, Lecturers team presentation and Guide for participants below.




First edition



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