International Ocean Institute receives US$56,000 research grant from OPEC Fund



December 11, 2002
Vienna, Austria

The OPEC Fund for International Development has approved a research grant in the amount of US$56,000 to sponsor the attendance of eight participants from developing countries at an International Ocean Institute (IOI) training program scheduled to take place from May 26 – August 1, 2003, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. 

Based on similar programs previously carried out by IOI, the 10-week workshop will cover the theme Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management. Participants will learn about coastal zone management, the development of ports and harbors, shipping and navigation, as well as the sustainable development of living and non-living resources. Activities will also include seminars, roundtable discussions and field trips. The course is specifically designed to enhance the knowledge and strengthen the capabilities of mid-career professionals from developing countries in improved ocean management and decision-making skills. Taking into account the under-representation of women in the upper levels of administration and policy-making, special emphasis will be placed on achieving an equal number of male and female participants.

Founded in 1972, IOI is an independent, non-governmental organization active in promoting education, training and research to enhance the peaceful uses of oceans and their resources. It is regarded as a world authority on integrated approaches to the conservation of the marine environment, and has established nine operational centers around the world. The OPEC Fund has supported three other IOI training activities totaling US$150,000.