The 2015 MedOpen Advanced training session on CV&C in the Mediterranean organised for the GEF eligible countries, in which the ClimVar & ICZM project is being implemented, has been officially concluded. Nine of 15 candidates who registered for the session actively participated in the two training activities, namely, the CV&C Forum discussion and the Final Essay preparation.
The four week session was, as requested by the majority of trainees, extended for one more week so as to enable them to prepare their Final Essays. A variety of interesting Final Essay topics were proposed dealing, for example, with barriers to implementing ICZM as an adaptation option to CV&C. CV&C adaptation strategies in coastal areas; possible links between invasive species, CV&C and ICZM; sandy coasts in the context of CV&C. ecosystem changes with regard to CV effects of climate change on water resources, and adaptation strategies; integration of CV&C in the ICZM strategies; and impacts of CV&C on coastal biodiversity. Final Essays and the Forum discussion, as well as the overall work of students during the training, will be assessed and graded by the PAP/RAC MedOpen CV&C lecturer.
PAP/RAC will benefit from students’ comments and evaluation of the training session included in the Post-evaluation questionnaire, which, as usual, will be taken into consideration for the improvement of the future MedOpen CV&C, as well as ICZM sessions.