Coast Learn

A multimedia distance training package on Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Water Quality Management

After successfully completing this module, you will be able to appreciate the relation between water quality management (WQM) & ICZM

Policy Analysis

After successfully studying this module, you are able to identify and carry out all steps of a simple policy analysis given a new problem.

Principles of ICZM

The objective of this module is to introduce you into the general concepts of Integrated Coastal Zone Management. At the end of the module you should know the urgency and benefits of ICZM.

Coast Learn

CoastLearn is an internet based distance vocational training package on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). This self-learning tool targets primarily coastal managers and planners working at local, sub-national, and national levels. The secondary target groups are university students and NGOs. While CoastLearn is tailored to the training and technical needs of countries in transition, it has proven to be of value for non-target countries as well. The programme is accessible on-line free of charge.

CoastLearn is divided into thematic modules that can be studied independently. Although not all possible modules have been developed yet, it is already a powerful training tool and a starting point for the ICZM learning process. For those users who want to know more, each module contains a list of related links  and references for further in depth study.

Coastlearn is a multilingual tool, available fully or partly in 13 languages so far. It promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience by providing practical examples and case studies illustrating the most important issues.

CoastLearn is not meant to become a final product. It has continued growing ever after its conception. New modules have being added and existing CoastLearn modules continue updating, upgrading and being translated into new languages. Its development depends on the availability of funding and for that reason some versions are more developed or updated than others. We intend to make efforts to keep CoastLearn growing as long as the need for it persists.

Water Quality Management

After successfully completing this module, you will be able to: appreciate the relation between water quality management (WQM) & ICZM identify the benefits and urgencies to practice WQM be aware of the basic physical, chemical and biological water quality parameters define the main pollution sources in the Black Sea coast (urban, agricultural & industrial) and the adverse impacts of pollution such as eutrophication of water bodies understand how pollution can be reduced (proper collection, treatment & disposal of wastes) & the role of ICZM be acquaintance with the EU regulatory framework for waters, in special, the related EU Directives

Why Coast Learn ?

During a meeting in Split, Croatia, in summer 2000, 18 governmental representatives of the Baltic, Black, Mediterranean and Caspian Seas made a call for a distance vocational training tool to communicate ICZM information, experience, and ideas on a longer term basis. EUCC – The Coastal Union took responsibility for this request and the Leonardo Da Vinci funded pilot project “CoastLearn” began. Ever since then, the CoastLearn partnership and the CoastLearn programme have been growing under the leadership of the EUCC.

ICZM is not a widespread concept in countries in transition, which are CoastLearn primary target. It therefore aims to make the basic ICZM concepts and its benefits understandable to coastal managers and policy makers.

Coastlearn makes an original contribution to existing European and international vocational training systems and practices. Other ICM training courses are expensive, very much tailored to western European and US situations and problems and in most cases they are part of an academic education programme. CoastLearn became the first widely available course free of charge. It remains as the only distance training tool which allows fully independent use with no registration and freedom to choose the level, time and pace.

Our partners

  • Coastal & Marine Union, The Netherlands
  • EUCC Mediterranean Centre, Spain
  • IHE Delft, The Netherlands
  • RIKZ, The Netherlands
  • Southampton Institute, United Kingdom
  • NAGREF Agricultural Research Foundation, Fisheries Research Institute, Greece
  • National Institute for Marine Research and Development”Grigore Antipa”, Romania
  • Institute for Integral Development and Envronment, Slovenia
  • Institute of Marine Science of the Szczecin University, Poland
  • Department of the Environment of the University of Akdeniz, Turkey
  • PAP/RAC MAP, Croatia
  • University of Klaipeda, Department of Recreation and Tourism, Lithuania
  • Institute for Environmental Science and Management of the University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Natural Heritage Fund, Ukraine
  • Baltic Fund for Nature, Russia
  • St. Petersburg City
  • Arhipelaag, Estonia
  • Coastal Management Research Centre (COMREC) of the Sodertorn University College, Sweden
  • EUCC Poland, Poland
  • Administration, Russia
  • Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russia
  • Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Russia

What Our Students Have to Say

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From Dallas, USA
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From Australia
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From Japan
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From London, UK