OTGA Training Course: Marine GIS Applications for Coastal Zone Management | 20-24 January 2019


This course will focus on integrated coastal zone management, in the sense that it needs to take on board the ecological, environmental, social and economic aspects of managing a coastal area or zone. The course provides an overview and hands approach on GIS applications necessary towards integrated coastal zone management including the data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data. Participants will develop and build their own case study and make a short presentation at the end of the training course.


Learning Outcomes

    • Understand the fundamental aspects of ICZM/ICAM
    • Awareness of coastal GIS tools and applications for use in the context of ICZM
    • Awareness of data available for ICZM
    • Awareness of the IOC approach to Marine Spatial Planning


Course Topics

    • Integrated coastal zone management and land-sea interaction: concepts and definitions
    • ICZM/ICAM: origin and evolution of the concept: global (ICAM – IOC)
    • ICZM/ICAM and LSI: processes and approaches
    • IOC approach to Marine Spatial Planning
    • Illustration of concepts and processes by means of practical example: local case study in Malaysia
    • GIS tools for ICZM


Target Audience

Target audience includes, but not limited to, the following:

    • Ocean and coastal data managers
    • Staff and researchers working on marine GIS applications
    • University graduates
    • marine researchers and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students);
    • Professionals with interest or new responsibilities in working with marine data and/or information for coastal zone management;


NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from the South-East Asia Region. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Course Pre-requisites:

    • Candidates should have a working knowledge of marine data and formats and preferably be working in institutions responsible for the management of marine data;
    • The training course is not an introduction to GIS: candidates are expected to have some previous experience in the use of GIS;
    • Need to bring own laptop;
    • Working knowledge of English.


A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students.

Notes Duration: 5 working days (~ 30 hours classroom sessions, plus eventual online assignments)

Period for Applications: 9 October – 16 November 2018

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on https://otga.wufoo.com/forms/spud4wv1q0fjj6/ or https://bit.ly/2Qzdh17

All information available on how to apply here: http://bit.ly/2ACZY9r

No tuition fee applies. A limited number of fellowships is available.

For any queries please contact:

    • OTGA Malaysia Regional Training Centre Coordinator: Dr. Aidy M  Muslim (aidy@umt.edu.my )

with subject line OTGA-INOS/UMT Training Course: Marine GIS Applications for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, 20-24 January 2019, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia