The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development.

Training sessions for Blue Charter Action Group members in 2020 are now full but you can register below for 2021. Note, the training schedule and modules are currently under review. So if you have any suggestions, please fill in the registration form below or email [email protected]


Mangrove mapping for technicians

This online course is tailored to technicians with prior GIS knowledge. If you have not used GIS already, please register for our managers training instead. During this 2-hour course, you will learn:

  • Why map mangroves?
  • Features and capabilities of GIS software
  • Using Global Mangrove Watch data
  • Accessing remote imagery data and using Google Earth Engine
  • Performing initial mapping and analyses
  • Strengths and weaknesses of software options

All participants are requested to have a Google Earth Engine account and to have downloaded QGIS prior to the training session.

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Mangrove mapping for managers

This online course is for managers interested in mangrove mapping for national mangrove inventories. During the 2-hour course, you will learn:

  • Why map mangroves?
  • How mangroves are mapped using GIS
  • Introduction to GIS tools
  • Strengths and weaknesses of software options

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Stakeholder engagement strategies

Online training teaching effective strategies for stakeholder engagement on marine issues and actions.

The 6-hour training course, set over two days, will draw out key insights and principles from international best practice to assist you in designing stakeholder engagement for Blue Charter initiatives.

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Science and policy interaction

Takunda Chitaka of South Africa, one of ten new Blue Charter fellows, will be hosted at Massey University in New Zealand.

This online training course, meant mainly for policymakers, explores how science can play a critical role in informing good decision-making.

The objective of this course is to build an understanding of how the worlds of marine science and marine policy should interact to bridge the ‘science-policy divide’.

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Project proposal development

This online training course aims to help the Blue Charter network of Action Groups and collaborators develop successful collaborative project proposals that bridge science with policy.

This 12-hour course, taught over 2 days, covers project conceptualization, planning, and partnerships, ending with the creation of a concept note that can be used in discussions with potential funders. This course is designed for those Commonwealth members who have ocean-related project ideas and wish to bring them to fruition.

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