Capacity development is a core aspect of the Mami Wata project. Through a number of related interventions and approaches, the project will work to enhance the knowledge of and competence on Integrated ocean management (IOM) in the Abidjan Convention Region. The project´s capacity development activities are especially designed with the aim of creating stronger and more connected networks of relevant countries, institutions and stakeholders in the region.

Centres of Expertise (CoE)

The project strongly cooperates with existing Centres of Expertise on the development of Integrated Ocean Management (IOM) tools and themes in the region. A Centre of Expertise is a facility or an entity that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. In the context of the Mami Wata project, Centres of Expertise have been identified to act as a host or hub for a community of practice for each of the IOM tools.

The objective of the collaboration between the Mami Wata project and the Centres of Expertise is: making existing expertise in those Centres available to the countries of the region; developing further capacity within those Centres and; enabling those Centres to continue providing technical support to the region after the duration of the project.

The Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Dakar, Senegal has agreed to serve as the Centre of Expertise on EBSAs, making available its expertise on spatial data and management, and cooperating on training workshops and capacity development initatives.

Discussions with potential Centres of Expertise for MSP and SoME are ongoing.

Trainings and webinars

The Mami Wata project will make use of face-to-face technical training courses in English and French, train-the-trainer courses and online webinars.

Face-to-face training will be held for train-the-trainer exercises, and technical training courses will be held for each of the three IOM themes, identification of EBSAs, MSP and SoME, in English and French.

The webinar series will be used for awareness raising, developing and sharing of tools, reinforcing the face-to-face training activities, supporting the Centres of Expertise, and to facilitate ongoing communication with practitioners in the region. The webinars will also be used for facilitating knowledge exchange, communication and dissemination of best practices from pilot projects.

Webinars take advantage of technological advantages to build global links between experts and users of IOM tools around the world. These tools will be used to engage a wider pool of marine practitioners than would normally be engaged through local project activities.