Marine Spatial Planning: An Experience in the Maldives

15 - 23 January 2020
Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll, Maldives
Training Provider(s): 
Iuav University of Venice

The general objective of the training workshop is to test an MSP process through the creation of co-produced knowledge related to critical issues and opportunities of the Maldivian island/s by incorporating, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental aspects considering also climate change issues. The deadline for the registration is the 1st October 2019.

This MSP training workshop will be structured in both theoretical and practical parts, and participants will be provided with general knowledge on several MSP aspects:

• Marine Spatial Planning (MSP): Definition of MSP and its objectives, description of the process, and case studies examples.

• Ecosystem-based MSP (EB-MSP): MSP as opportunity for conservation and sustainable use of marine space and resources.

• Land-Sea Interactions (LSI): Looking at the interface between land and sea domains, identification of land-sea processes and dynamics, and their importance within an MSP context.

Moreover, participants will be able to learn basic knowledge on the biology of the coral reef surrounding the Maldivian islands and its ecological role. They will build a knowledge framework through data and information collection in relation to different aspects of the area: environmental, urban, political, socio-economic, and cultural. 

The training workshop will last 8 days from the 15th to the 23rd January 2020 and will be held on the island of Magoodhoo, Faafu Atoll, Maldives. The students and all the activities will be hosted by the Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center) of the University of Milano-Bicocca ( Magoodhoo and the MaRHE Center can be reached in roughly 3 hours by boat from the international airport of Malé, the capital of the Maldives. The intensive program foresees theoretical lessons through Power-Point presentations, as well as practical activities through the use of Geographic Information System software (QGIS), snorkelling, UAV surveys and boat trips. Students will be divided into groups and each group will be invited to work on a specific MSP scenario/topic. The activities will be carried out in English and the teaching team will be composed by professionals coming from different research fields.