The first Advanced training session on Climate Variability and Change (CVC) was prepared and developed in 2015. The training was envisaged by the ClimVar & ICZM of the Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem - the MedPartnership project. The programme contents were based on the “Guidelines for integration of climate variability and change aspects into the ICZM process”, a document prepared in the frame of the ClimVar & ICZM project. This Advanced training lasted for four weeks. Due to the shortage of time, it was not possible to prepare and include the practical Simulation Game in the training.
The training was in particular intended for representatives of the GEF eligible countries in which the ClimVar & ICZM project was carried out, namely: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey (Palestine also participated). Out of 24 candidates who applied for the session, 15 were selected, i.e. from Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The priority was given to those whose educational background and professional experience were closely related to the contents explained and discussed in that training session. Nine of 15 selected candidates actively participated in the Forum discussion and prepared their Final Essay. Upon the conclusion of the training, they were awarded the PAP/RAC MedOpen Advanced certificate.
The second CV&C Advanced training session was launched in May 2016. This session included the practical Simulation Game (SG) which developed during the three weeks. The SG was introduced and moderated by the SG co-ordinator.
Following the great interest expressed by the MedOpen ICZM Advanced training session in French, organized in autumn 2016, PAP/RAC decided to organize the third advanced training on CV&C, this time in French. The training started beginning April 2017 and lasted for four weeks. Following the usual procedure, 21 candidates confirmed their participation in this training session.
Aim and objective
In addition to raising awareness and improving knowledge of CV&C issues in the Mediterranean, the aim of the CV&C training is to enhance a policy dialogue and build / improve capacities on implications of CV&C considerations. The objective of the training is to mainstream climate variability considerations into national ICZM planning and practices based on the “Guidelines for integration of climate variability and change aspects into the ICZM process”.
The target users of the CV&C training are: decision makers (at the local, national, regional, and international level), policy advisors, project managers, teams and experts of relevant organisations and institutions, academic researchers, students, and all others interested in or dealing with CV&C issues.
The MedOpen CV&C contents are available to users through the Basic and the Advanced modules of the training programme.
The Basic module is continuously available to users, completely automated, open to everyone and free of charge. It provides users with the information on CV&C in the Mediterranean contained in four lectures each followed by a short test.
The Advanced module is available only to participants of the Advanced training sessions, which are regularly announced and organised by PAP/RAC. The participation to the Advanced training is also free of charge. When compared with the Basic training, this training requires a higher degree of commitment by trainees. Each of the four Advanced lectures are followed by the additional reading materials, i.e. the scientific articles. The Advanced trainees regularly and actively participate in Forum discussions on the topics elaborated in the lectures, as well as on the issues introduced by the lecturers to stimulate the discussion. During the practical Simulation Game, they participate in finding practical sustainable solutions for a simulated coastal management situation with particular focus on CV&C aspects. These solutions are presented in a report jointly prepared by all trainees in the end of the training. The preparation of a Final essay and the joint Simulation Game report is an excellent opportunity for trainees to apply knowledge obtained and skills learned during the training. In the end of the training, their work is assessed by lecturers and Simulation Game co-ordinators. Trainees whose overall work is positively assessed are awarded the MedOpen CVC Advanced certificate.