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Massive Open Online Course: Understanding the Blue Economy

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in collaboration with the University of Seychelles, James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute offered an online course that started on the 26th of June 2017 to introduce the concept of the Blue Economy to a global audience. An updated course will be offered towards the end of 2019.

The Blue Economy focuses on utilisation of coastal and ocean resources and services in an innovative and sustainable way, ensuring particular benefit to nations and communities living within the limits of these resources. It fits well with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, which aspires to conserve and sustainably use earth’s oceans, seas and marine resources. This online course forms a foundation for further learning initiatives in this area. It includes the following six units:

  • Unit 1:  The Blue Economy: an Emerging Concept
  • Unit 2:  Ecosystem Services
  • Unit 3:  Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Unit 4:  Emerging and High Technology Sectors
  • Unit 5:  Tourism
  • Unit 6:  Maritime Transportation and Services

A total of 33 participants completed the course.