Training on ISCD for the MENA region


The Training Programme on Integrated and Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) has been developed within the framework of Sida’s international training programmes that provides capacity building for professionals working in Sida’s collaborating countries.

The programme aims at contributing to sustainable development of coastal zones. This shall be achieved through supporting processes of change in key organisations working with development and management of coastal zones. At the end of the programme each participant shall have: 1) Increased understanding of the importance and benefits of an integrated sustainable coastal planning and management for socio-economic development, with respect to environmental impact, poverty alleviation and equality, in a livelihood, security and rights perspective, 2) Increased knowledge about the planning process for an integrated sustainable coastal development, 3) Increased knowledge about experiences, methods and tools for organisational change in general and within coastal zone management in particular, and 4) Extended international and national networks for working with coastal development.

The programme targets management staff from governmental, non-governmental organisations, the media and private sector involved in developing and managing coastal areas. The ISCD training programmes for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are conducted for two years for a total of 60 participants. Each of the two training programmes consists of five phases covering a total period of 15 months including three weeks scheduled training in Sweden and two weeks in Jordan - and individual work with mentor support from training team. Each participant develops an individual project within his/her organisation or sector. This shall lead to more sustainable development of coastal areas through related activities such as strategies, working methods, tools or networks for co-operation.

NIRAS in co-operation with the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) have developed the concepts and contents of the training programme and prepare all practical arrangements for implementing the training programme. For more information visit

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