Virtual Training and Webinars

Some of the WIOGEN Training activities are moving online to accommodate travel restrictions associated with COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you soon as we dive deeper into topics such as “Science to Policy”, “Stakeholder Engagement” and “Marine Spatial Planning”. The training will prioritise Early Career individuals and members of the WIOGEN network.


Including social and cultural aspects in MSP Webinar with Kira Gee – 3rd March

WIOGEN, in collaboration with Kira Gee of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, will be delivering a webinar on including the social and cultural aspects in Marine Spatial Planning. Kira Gee is one of the team members for the project CoastWise – a MeerWissen initiative

Social and cultural values are increasingly understood as important in marine management – in various contexts and for various reasons. Despite this, marine spatial planning (MSP) has predominantly focused on economic and ecological values so far, although critics have called for greater consideration of social aspects, especially issues related to inclusion and social justice. In recent years, research has highlighted the many benefits marine and coastal cultural values have to societies, communities and individuals. Approaches have been developed to give greater visibility to these values in spatial management. One of these approaches is the idea of identifying “Culturally Significant Areas” (CSA) in the sea. This approach is modelled on the EBSA principle and aims to allow such areas to included in MSP discussions on a par with other important areas.
Given the wide range of cultural and local contexts, it is obvious that cultural values and benefits cannot be defined through universal pre-set criteria. Equally, there may be different, more or less  appropriate ways of ensuring such values are included in spatial decision-making. The aim of this workshop is to highlight the importance of socio-cultural values in MSP together with the difficulties in eliciting and working with these types of values.


Stakeholder Engagement Virtual Training

WIOGEN, in collaboration with Rhodes University’s Leticia Greyling, will host a virtual training session on Effective stakeholder engagement on the 14th December 2020. The number of participants in the training will be limited to ensure that the training is truly participatory and interactive. To apply, please complete this form by the 25th November 2020.

Science-to-Policy Training

We are happy to announce that the first WIOGEN Science-to-Policy Training Workshop in cooperation with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) took place over two days on 3rd and 4th of November 2020. This interactive workshop provided insights into the intricate world of science-policy work – introducing the theory and practice of the science-policy interface through presentations and discussions of real-world examples. You can view Alex’s introductory presentation from the science to policy training here.

Introduction to Ocean Accounts Webinar

Prof Ken Findlay of CPUT presented an introduction to Oceans Accounting webinar on the 9th of September. The full webinar can be viewed here and a short summary can be found here.  Oceans Accounting is one of the four themes of WIOGEN and is an exciting new way of looking at how to value the ocean and how this can be used in decision-making and trade-off analysis for Marine Spatial Planning. 

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