Workshop on Meeting Human Resources Requirements in Coastal and Ocean Governance
As a follow-on workshop on the Discussion Group Meeting on Capacity Development on Coastal and Ocean Governance held in 2006 and the Xiamen meeting, this meeting/workshop focused on the recent initiatives undertaken related to capacity development in the region. The discussions included:
- Efforts to maximize regional intellectual capital towards coastal and ocean development;
- Short-term training initiatives and the development of curriculum towards ocean and coastal governance;
- Contribution of regional and international initiatives in promoting capacity development; and
- Human resource requirements of the region and available services.
The workshop attempted to answer the following questions and concerns:
- Have we met the demands of training and education in coastal and ocean governance in East Asia?
- Are the current initiatives sufficient enough to address capacity needs?
- What are the current opportunities for short-term training and degree-granting education?
- A "matching exercise" of articulated training needs of the countries in the region vis-à-vis available supply provider
- Way forward: Packaging trainings so that donors can readily come in.
The workshop was able to draw in a wider set of participants representing a bigger set of perspectives in providing capacity building in ocean and coastal governance. The participants came from United Nations agencies, international development initiatives, research institutions, international NGOs, donor (ASEAN) as well as representatives from local and national governments, the academe and learning centers in the ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) participating in PEMSEA activities particularly from PEMSEA's Learning Centers and those recommended by national governments who responded to the PEMSEA-initiated "Survey of the Demand and Supply of Human Resources for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) for the East Asian Seas Region".