New training database to boost ocean learning

21 January 2022
Two people researching on the beach

Ahead of International Day of Education, the Commonwealth Secretariat is launching a public database full of useful training courses related to ocean action.

Targeted at officials who work in the ocean sector, courses range from understanding blue carbon markets, to aiding coral reef resilience, to mainstreaming gender in ocean science.

With more than 200 options to choose from, mostly free and self-paced, the courses will help professionals in member countries to access crucial knowledge products, update their skills and keep up with the latest trends.

Supporting Action Groups

Head of Oceans and Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford said:

“We are very excited to make this platform available to our members. The online database is designed specifically to support the work of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Groups.

“Through the database, countries will be able to access valuable training that will build skills and capacity in areas such as ocean policy and law, sustainable blue economies, environmental monitoring and ocean innovation.”

Commonwealth Blue Charter

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 54 countries to work together to address shared ocean challenges through country-led Action Groups focused on 10 key ocean issues: marine plastic pollution, coral reef protection, mangrove restoration, climate change, ocean acidification, ocean observation, marine protected areas, sustainable aquaculture, sustainable coastal fisheries and the sustainable blue economy.

Courses in the database can be related to any of these topics.

Since the pandemic, the Secretariat has ramped up efforts to support members virtually, through knowledge exchange webinars, virtual dialogues and training.

Access the ocean training database Commonwealth Ocean Database



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  • Josephine Latu-Sanft  Senior Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
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