286 MENA Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development

Part 1: 31 August - 17 September 2015
Part 2: 22 February - 3 March 2016
Part 1: Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden
Part 2: Tunisia
Number of participants
Target Region
Middle East and Northern Africa
Closing date for applications


More than half of the Earth’s population currently lives in coastal areas where the population density is twice the global average. All over the world such areas are exposed to mounting challenges related to overpopulation and to competitive use of natural resources. Activities such as agriculture, fisheries, tourism, urbanisation and industry, and the negative effects of climate change, increasingly threaten sensitive ecosystems, making integrated planning and management paramount. Providing for the needs and rights of poor people who depend on these resources renders this a moral imperative.

With this International Training Programme we express our long-term commitment and give our sincere contribution to sustainable development of coastal areas worldwide in order to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people.

Sida and NIRAS hereby invite you to nominate candidates.


The long term objective of the programme is to contribute to an integrated and sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of  poor people are taken into account.

To this end, the programme will support change processes in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones. These processes should be based on the four programme principles of non-discrimination, openness, participation and accountability.

Target Group

The programme targets organisations with a clear role in coastal planning and management. In order to achieve a critical mass of trained staff we encourage such organisations to nominate several candidates and to engage in subsequent programmes.
The candidates should have a strong and strategic position within the organisation in order to stimulate and drive process of change. Participants have a responsibility to share information, knowledge and experiences between the training programme and the home organisation.

Participating organisations can be central institutions, universities, local authorities, private companies or NGOs, and relevant sectors include but are not limited to spatial planning, natural resources management, tourism and infrastructure. The organisations must be committed to engage in change processes and willing to invest own resources to achieve this.

As this is not a technical training programme, we expect that most participants would be engaged in working tasks related to for instance management and planning, coordination, human resources development, communication or organisational development.

Applicants to the programme should:
•  have a strong interest for working with coastal development
•  be key staff  with ability and power to initiate and drive change processes
•  have high proficiency in English
•  hold a relevant academic degree.

Invited Countries:
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia.


The training programme focuses on the thematic areas of integration, participation, sustainable development, planning and good governance. The following topics will be addressed:

  • The ecological, economic and social challenges of sustainable coastal development, including environmental protection, effects of climate change, poverty alleviation, human rights and urbanisation
  • The planning process, including methods for spatial planning and international experiences from integrated coastal management
  • Legal and administrative mechanisms and good governance for integrated coastal development
  • Methods and tools for integration and inclusion such as stakeholder analysis, participatory approaches and strategic communication
  • Methods and tools for environmental and social analyses applied to coastal areas
  • Change process theory and tools, including organisational analysis and the role of  change agents
  • Experiences from coastal development, planning and management in Europe and in the MENA region, including the participants’ own experiences



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