Knowledge Sharing in International Waters - Train-Sea-Coast


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Knowledge Sharing in International Waters - Train-Sea-Coast


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Total: $3,129,900;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)


2005 - 2008



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The TRAIN-SEA-COAST Programme was established in 1993 by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), Office of Legal Affairs, with first the financial assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/BDP). The overall goal of the Programme is capacity building at the local level, thus emphasizing:

  • a) the build-up of permanent national capabilities;
  • b) sustainability of efforts;
  • c) cost-effectiveness;
  • d) responsiveness to the specific needs of the countries involved; and
  • e) long-term impact.

Since 2002, the TSC programme has developed new partnerships with United Nations such as with the Global Programme of Action on Land based sources of marine pollution (GPA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Recently, DOALOS has had an exchange of letter with the International Ocean Institute (IOI) for the development of a course on Development, Implementation and Management of Marine Protected Areas.

The mission of the TRAIN-SEA-COAST Programme is to create capacity at the local level for the development, delivery and adaptation of high quality training courses that meet TSC standards and are tailored to specific training needs at the local, national and regional levels. The main objective is to enhance national/regional capacity-building through training on key transboundary topics/problems in the area of coastal and ocean matters.

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See also

  1. Water Governance for Sustainable Human Development Project
  2. Water Governance for Sustainable Human Development
  3. UNDP WatSan
  4. Transboundary River Basin Initiative (TRIB)
  5. Strengthening Global Capacity To Sustain Transboundary Waters: The International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN)
  6. Poverty-Environment Partnership - PEP
  7. Portfolio Learning in International Waters with a Focus on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands and Regional Asia/Pacific and Coral Triangle Learning Processes
  8. Pollution Reduction through Improved Municipal Wastewater Management in Coastal cities in ACP Countries with a Focus on SIDS
  9. Key Performance Indicators of River Basin Organizations
  10. IWRM Info-Forum
  11. Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme
  12. Energy and Environment Group Global Cooperation Framework
  13. Communities of practice for development in the Middle East and North Africa
  14. Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) (Cap-Net)
  15. Atlantic and Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States IWRM
  16. Applying an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management: focus on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean
  17. 4th World Water Forum - Synthesis Report
  18. 4th World Water Forum - Final Report

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