Course Overview

Planet earth’s defining feature is the ocean and it is the reason that life exists. It produces oxygen, absorbs carbon dioxide, and contributes to freshwater renewal. It connects countries and cultures and supports ecosystems that bridge national boundaries. Nations are increasingly looking to the ocean to meet the needs of their people, particularly coastal communities and islands. Some are looking at their large lakes and rivers to do the same. This MOOC introduces the key activities that take place in, and influence, coastal and marine space, for example, coastal and climate adaptation, tourism, shipping and port infrastructure, waste, and maritime security.

Learning Outcomes

This is an introductory course for persons from various backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. The integrated, multi-sectoral nature of the Blue Economy provides an opportunity for new knowledge to be developed, regardless of how much or how little you may know. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the key activities that make use of coastal and marine space.
  2. Explain the benefits and impacts of these activities.
  3. Assess the role of sustainability in advancing development in coastal and marine space.
Kelly Hoareau, UniSey BERI