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CCM Short Courses for Professionals 2018

The Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, is offering a range of short courses which will help you to develop your capacities, leadership qualities needed to be creative, adaptive and responsive to the dynamics of a rapidly changing world. Whether you are a development practitioner, an entrepreneur, or a policy-maker, our highly interactive training methods stimulate you to reflect and share your experiences to generate new insights.

Why not join one of our courses to widen your horizons, learn alongside others in your field, and update your knowledge on current scientific insights, methodologies and practices. Our short courses are well-thought-out and structured to equip resource managers with the fundamentals as well as in-depth knowledge for a more integrated approach in the planning and execution of programmes for sustainable development and management of coastal and natural resources.


1. Introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing
Designed to provide relevant and applicable knowledge and skills in GIS for beginners, the course incorporates proven learning principles and provides insight into the tools and techniques of geospatial data creation, analysis, modelling and mapping for monitoring and evaluation. The aim is to enhance the geospatial analytical skills of participants for sustainable development natural resources.

Course units

  • Introduction to GIS and remote sensing concepts
  • Data structure and models
  • Coordinate systems and Map projections
  • Data creation and visualization
  • Global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Effective GIS team, leadership and communication

Course Date: 25 th – 29 th June 2018
Registration deadline: 11th June 2018

2. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Coastal Areas
Countries in Africa and other developing areas of the world are most vulnerable to climate change impacts because their economies are highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fisheries. The course advances participants’ knowledge on the effect of climate change in relation to key ecosystems in coastal areas. It emphasises how the ecosystems and the livelihood activities associated with them can be evaluated for the purposes of adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change.

Course units

  • Introduction to Coastal Ecosystems
  • Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
  • Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Communication of Climate Change Issues
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
  • Building Effective Partnerships and Teams Against Climate Change

Course Date: 17 th – 21 st September, 2018
Registration deadline: 3 rd September, 2018

3. Fisheries Management
A knowledge- and practical-based program designed to train young to high-level professionals managing the fisheries sector. TheCourse provides detailed knowledge and skills required to regulate fisheries in order to harness optimal fish resources for the present and future needs, both locally and globally. Fisheries policy and governance strategies are topical points of the course.

Course units

  • Introduction to fisheries
  • Need for fisheries management, processes and required data
  • Scope and approaches of fisheries management
  • Fisheries management planning, regulation and institutions
  • Strategies for fisheries management
  • Effective Management Team, Leadership and Communication

Course Date: 24 th – 28 th September 2018
Registration deadline: 10 th September 2018

4. Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
Coastal areas are the most densely populated with complex and numerous opportunities, uses and challenges, which require an integrated approach and the relevant skill-set to manage these environments in all of its aspects. The ICZM course is designed to equip professionals, whose line of work focuses directly or indirectly on the coast, with practical coastal zone management skills by demystifying the principles and techniques involved. The course also explains the vulnerability of the coastal zone to human and natural factors and co-management as well as community-based management of coastal resources.

Course units

  • Introduction to ICZM
  • Coastal Ecosystems in Ghana
  • Opportunities, Uses and Concerns of Coastal Zone
  • Types of Integration and ICZM Process
  • Coastal Management Instrument
  • Co-Management and Community Based Management of Coastal Resources
  • Coastal Profiling
  • Practical Field Activities

Course Date: 18 th -22 nd June, 2018
Registration deadline: 1 st June, 2018

5. Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

This course is designed to build on the introductory course. It is suitable for participants who possess basic working knowledge in using GIS tools in that it exposes them to a more comprehensive understanding of the theories, assumptions, and context of spatial analysis. In addition, participants are trained to identify and apply spatial analytical methods and tools and enhance their ability to correctly and appropriately interpret and present the analysis results.

Course units

  • Spatial Overlay and Geoprocessing
  • Spatial Query
  • Land Cover Classification and Land Use Analysis
  • Surface Analysis
  • Watershed Analysis
  • Change Management

Course Date: 15th - 19th October 2018
Registration deadline: 1st October 2018

The short courses are well suited for representatives and mid-career professionals from government, non-governmental organisations and civil society groups, donor entities, international organisations, industries, consulting firms, businesses and corporations, lecturers, students, and individuals who wish to gain comprehensive insight into the application of modern tools such as GIS and remote sensing, and integrate climate change concept into managing fisheries and coastal resources are welcome!

The fee for each of the short courses is as follows:

Local Ghanaian participants
Non-residential (I): GHS 850.00 (Includes tuition and all training materials)
Non-residential (II): GHS 1,175.00 (Includes tuition and all training materials and meals – lunch and snacks)
Residential: GHS 1,775.00 (Includes tuition and all training materials, accommodation and meals – lunch and snacks)

International participants
US $ 1,000.00 (includes from airport pick up, accommodation, tuition, training materials, lunch, and snack breaks)

The fee does not include: visa fees, ground transport except airport pick up, airfare, travel insurance, or food/lodging before or after the training dates. For local Ghanaian participant travel to and from Cape Coast is the responsibility of the participant or sponsoring organisation.

Certificates will be given upon successful completion of the program

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