ECOP Programme Funding Opportunities

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Details of Funded Training Calls

The Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Programme is proud to share the results of two calls from November 2021, designed to provide financial support for:

1. Legal entities (various types of organizations); to organize online or in-person short capacity development training programmes

2. Individual ECOPs; to cover their expenses for participation fees in capacity development events that are directly relevant to the Ocean Decade vision, mission, and challenges

1. Capacity Development Trainings

Four organisations were successful in receiving funding to deliver training courses that addressed ocean science, ocean governance and ocean sustainability with direct relevance to the Ocean Decade vision, mission and challenges. It was imperative that they specifically target ocean-related issues in Africa, Pacific SIDS or Caribbean SIDS and featured ECOPs based in these regions. Whilst all the trainings adhered to the over-arching objectives of the call, they also covered more detailed topics pertaining to each location and facilitating organisation.

The following training courses were conducted between March and April 2022, thanks to the generous support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the IOC-UNESCO:

The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute delivered this training from 14th to 24th March, 2022. The course ran virtually via Zoom over a series of nine online sessions. All pre-readings, session videos and presentation materials have been made available on the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute’s website and can be accessed via the ECOP Programme Youtube channel here.  

The International Ocean Institute (via its Secretariat in Malta) carried out this virtual training and through the training Centre of IOI in South Africa, as an opportunity for individuals from a diverse range of Ocean related backgrounds – self-identifying as ECOPs – to acquire a basic knowledge of Ocean governance. This was through a series of e-workshops over a period of four sessions between 29th March – 7th April 2022.

Dr Erick Ross Salazar, and ECOPs Vera Noon (MSc), and Sarah Mahadeo (MSc) conducted a training on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Caribbean SIDS called Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP).  This training programme was held from March 8th to 10th, 2022, in a virtual setting with participants from nine different Caribbean countries.

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) Caribbean and EcoVybz Environmental Creatives provided a special series on Developing ocean leadership and stewardship in the Caribbean, called “Thinking Beyond the Tides” with Khadija Stewart. This one-week virtual, Youth-led initiative ran from March 14th to March 22nd 2022 and included sessions on: Storytelling for Ocean Action, Marine Degradation in the Caribbean, Marine Opportunities, Idea Implementation and Leadership.

2. Capacity Development Event Fees

The following Early Career Ocean Professionals were provided financial support to cover their expenses for participation fees in capacity development events, directly relevant to the Ocean Decade vision, mission, and challenges.  

This took place between March and April 2022, also thanks to the generous support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the IOC-UNESCO:

Sidónio was successful in being awarded funding to attend the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2), a multi-national, multi-institutional programme to advance our understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, geological and climatological aspects of the Indian Ocean to enhance its role on the socio-economy of the region. 

The IIOSC-2022 is sponsored by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India and will be held during 14-18 March 2022 in Goa, India, co-hosted by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, Goa University and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, India.  The IIOSC conference facilitated further discussions on the collaborative activities being planned by various stakeholders as part of the ‘UN Ocean Decade’, with a specific technical session titled: “IIOE-2 contribution to sustainable development: toward the UN Decade of ocean science”.

Past Funding Calls

The objective of the present Call is to provide financial support for legal entities (various types of organizations) to organize online or in-person short capacity development programs or courses that address ocean science, ocean governance and ocean sustainability with direct relevance to the Ocean Decade vision, mission and challenges. Targeted participants shall be early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) from Africa, Pacific SIDS, or Caribbean SIDS, and the content of such trainings shall be of high relevance to these regions. Participation shall be made free for ECOPs.

The objective of the present Call is to provide financial support for early-career ocean professionals (ECOP) from Africa, Pacific SIDS, and Caribbean SIDS, to cover their expenses for participation fees in capacity development events that are directly relevant to the Ocean Decade vision, mission, and challenges. This will include but is not limited to online or in-person conferences, workshops, webinars, summer and winter schools, training, that concern ocean science, ocean governance, and ocean sustainability.

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