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Coastal and marine resources are a huge economic, social, environmental and cultural asset for many countries of Asia and the world. Sustainable use of these resources is essential for adequate nutrition, improved livelihoods, and a sort of development that marries material advance with adequate quality of life and preservation of marine and coastal ecosystems. This course introduces you to key challenges involved in pursuing those important objectives.

This e-course is intended for non-specialists in positions of public responsibility wishing rapidly to become familiar with the basics of the subject. Staff of government authorities working on marine and coastal projects, private managers and students may find the material a convenient summary of the global thinking on the subject.



The e-Course comprises the following 30-minute modules that you can take at your own pace.

Module 1: Aquatic resources and their economic importance for developing Asia

For much of Asia, let alone the Pacific nations, aquatic resources are of vital importance. The topic elaborates on that importance, describes existing production patterns and offers a broad picture of the challenges to sustainable use.

Module 2: Addressing environmental threats to marine and coastal ecosystems

The module focuses on the ecological foundation of aquatic production, i.e. the marine and coastal ecosystems. It describes the role and value of these ecosystems and the links that they have with what is happening further inland. This interdependence needs to be taken into account in formulating investment policies and regulatory and management regimes.

Module 3: Community-based fisheries and other inclusive approaches

In the majority of developing countries of “marine” Asia, marine and coastal resources support local communities. Artisanal fishing and related activities, and their future, matter a great deal. The basics of this subject are summarized.

Module 4: Building disaster- and climate-resilience in coastal areas

All along the Pacific and the Indian oceans, coastal regions are disproportionately exposed to climate and certain other risks. This vulnerability can be mitigated through suitable management of coastal ecosystems.

Module 5: Lessons from the Coral Triangle Initiative and other marine conservation activities

The Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) is arguably the single largest program of sustainable marine biodiversity conservation and management anywhere in the developing world. The module describes the program and summarizes its principal lessons.