About this Course
Focusing on the Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of the world, this course will introduce the concept and practice of ecosystem-based management. LMEs occupy areas of coastal ocean at least 200 000 km² or greater in size. These coastal waters produce 12.6 trillion USD in ecosystem goods and services annually and are vitally important for billions of people around the globe. Because LMEs are bounded by ocean features and are globally linked, management of human activities needs to occur in an integrated fashion across political boundaries and economic sectors (e.g. fishing, shipping, energy, tourism, and mining.) This represents a new type of management approached - shifting from single sector-based to multi-sector assessment and management within the spatial domain of the world's 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. There is global high-level support for this new approach and in this course, we will introduce the concepts and tools for assessing and managing LMEs. Together, leaders and experts in a global movement to recover and sustain the goods and services of LMEs will introduce you to the mechanisms used for assessment (Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis), planning and implementation (Strategic Action Programme). Based on recent activities in implementation and practice of the LME approach in 22 projects around the globe, we will showcase examples of effective management at this scale, and highlight the challenges and issues. By the end of the online course, we hope you will be able to actively use this knowledge to advance sustainable development of the world’s oceans. The course was created with the support and input of: the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNESCO-IOC and IW:LEARN.
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: This course has been designed to be taken over six weeks, involving 3-4 hours per week.
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100% online course

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: This course has been designed to be taken over six weeks, involving 3-4 hours per week.
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

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3 hours to complete

What is the Large Marine Ecosystem Approach?

Introducing the Large Marine Ecosystem approach, ecosystem based management principles, and the five modules. There are three topics covered in this first week - ecosystem-based management, the concept of Large Marine Ecosystems, and the 5-module approach to assessment and management. As well as my lectures, there are also summaries of some key readings and links to other resources. We've included practice quizzes to help you recap and test your understanding of the key concepts as we move through the lessons. There is one graded quiz at the end of the week, which carries marks - but you may take the quiz more than once. At the end of this week, and all the other weeks, Dr Kenneth Sherman will share his insights about the topics we have covered....
Reading
8 videos (Total 37 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
Video8 videos
Welcome to the course3m
What is marine ecosystem-based management?7m
What are LMEs?4m
Introducing the five module approach2m
A brief introduction to the tools (TDA & SAP)3m
Dr Sherman's perspective on week 111m
Week 1 wrap-up1m
Reading8 readings
Meet the course team5m
How this course works3m
A global collaboration3m
What to expect in Week 13m
Readings and Key Points10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Week 1 additional resources10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Ecosystem based management10m
Large Marine Ecosystems10m
Five Module approach10m
Week 1 Graded Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

The Three Natural Science Modules

In this week, we deal with the three natural science modules within the five module approach....
Reading
7 videos (Total 33 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
The productivity module7m
The fish and fisheries module5m
Pollution and ecosystem health6m
Plastic pollution6m
Dr Sherman's perspectives5m
Week 2 wrap up1m
Reading8 readings
What to expect in week 23m
Introducing the videos of the Plankton Chronicles Project2m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources on fisheries10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources on pollution10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources and readings10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Productivity quiz10m
Fish and Fisheries quiz8m
Pollution and Ecosystem Health quiz10m

3

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2 hours to complete

The Two Human Dimension Modules

We move onto the two human dimensions of the five module approach....
Reading
5 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Socioeconomics module5m
Governance module4m
Dr Sherman's Perspectives6m
Week three wrap up0m
Reading5 readings
What to expect in week 33m
Readings and Key Points10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources and readings10m
Additional readings on the Five Modules10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Socioeconomics module quiz10m
Governance module quiz10m
Week 3 Graded Quiz20m
Week 3 Honors Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

Tools and Actions: the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and the Strategic Action Programme

This is the heart of the course - delving into the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Programme (SAP). ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 23 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Transboundary diagnostic analsysis5m
Strategic Action Programme4m
Other tools4m
Dr Sherman's perspectives4m
Week 4 wrap up1m
Reading4 readings
What to expect in week 43m
Reading and Key Points10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources and readings10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
TDA-SAP approach quiz10m
Tools quiz10m

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4 hours to complete

Implementing transboundary marine Ecosystem-based management (EBM)

Moving into the application of the approaches and the tools we have been discussing - with a description of how LME projects are implemented....
Reading
6 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video6 videos
The Global Environment Facility4m
The LME network of partners3m
The GEF project process4m
Dr Sherman's perspectives10m
Week five wrap up1m
Reading4 readings
What to expect in week 53m
Readings and Key Points10m
Readings and Key Points10m
Resources and readings10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
GEF and the LME Network of Partners quiz8m
GEF project process quiz8m
Week 5 Graded Quiz14m

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5 hours to complete

Taking it home: Examples of best practice

We have included a number of case studies of LMEs, inviting marine ecosystem managers and scientists from across our network to describe their work in implementing EBM. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 65 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Benguela Current LME6m
The Yellow Sea LME Project5m
The Yellow Sea LME - Implementing the SAP13m
The Yellow Sea LME - Governance6m
The Guinea Current LME Project6m
The Guinea Current LME Commission4m
Dr Sherman's Perspectives6m
Talking to Dr Sherman about LMEs making a difference12m
Reading10 readings
What to expect in week 63m
Benguela Current LME - reading and resources10m
The Yellow Sea LME - reading and resources10m
The Guinea Current LME Project readings10m
The Canary Current LME10m
The Gulf of Mexico LME10m
Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+) Project10m
The Bay of Bengal LME10m
The Humboldt Current LME10m
Resources and readings10m

Instructor

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Coleen Moloney

Associate Professor

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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