Trainer's Kit: Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (2017).

Competence-based curriculum for the senior MPA managers

The Special Course uses a competencies-based curriculum with a strong emphasis on fieldbased exercises using participatory methods of training and learning. The training material is developed by a competent team of experts drawn from forest, fisheries and media sectors, bringing in a truly cross-sector perspective to the whole process of capacity development.

Competence-based curriculum for the senior MPA managers Competencies-based curriculum is a way of approaching professional training that places primary emphasis on facilitating the participants in further developing their competencies, which are required to enable them in performing their jobs more efficiently and effectively. It aims at preparing people more effectively for real workplaces.

Training Approach and Methodology

The training courses based on this curriculum intend to enable participants with sound understanding of the concepts and issues related to managing coastal and marine biodiversity and protected areas, mainstreaming approaches and legal-policy framework between terrestrial and coastal-marine PAs, as well as necessary skills to evaluate management effectiveness of coastal and marine protected areas and manage change in the policy development on coastal and marine protected areas.

The curriculum suggests use of a mix of field-based and classroom sessions, in almost equal proportions, to facilitate the participants in applying the information from classroom sessions into the field conditions, and to understand the field-level phenomena and actions in a broader development context.

A unique feature of the curriculum is to focus on the aspects of appreciation and contemplation of nature and ecological consciousness, for which special sessions are recommended during the trainings.

The trainings based on this curriculum must be facilitated primarily through participatory training methods, where learning occurs through active involvement of the participants and it is they who develop the answers.

Following are some examples of such participatory training methods:

  • Group work and presentations
  • Dialogue and brainstorming
  • Knowledge Café
  • Role play Simulation (case study simulation/ video simulation)
  • Games and Mind Maps
  • Case Studies
  • Fish Bowl
  • Icebreakers, energisers, and team-building exercises
  • Nature walks and contemplation
  • Under-water and coastal surveys
  • Field excursions

The Trainer’s Kit

This "Trainer's Kit" is useful for the faculty members, trainers and other experts delivering courses/ expeditions on "Coastal and marine biodiversity and protected area management" for the senior Marine Protected Area managers.

The Trainer's Kit contains the following:

  • Training Resource Material (12 modules): To access the Training Resource Material of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Protected Area Management for MPA managers (2017)
    Click here:
  • Trainer’s Guide: Participatory Methods of Training for Effective Content Delivery for the trainers of forest, fisheries and media sectors

Below you can have an overview and PDF on the trainer’s guide

An overview of the Trainer's Guide: Participatory Methods of Training for Effective Content Delivery for the trainers of forest, fisheries and media sectors

The guide consists of four sections:

  • Section 1: Capacity Development and Participatory Training Methods
    This section provides an overview of the concept of capacity development and the philosophy behind developing a guide for facilitating trainers in delivery the contents of their training using participatory training methods.
  • Section 2: Fundamental concepts of training and learning and the role of the trainer
    This section provides an overview of the concepts of learning, characteristics of adult learners, framing learning outcomes and an insight into the need to use more participatory methods while delivering the contents of this curriculum.
  • Section 3: A journey through a selection of training methods
    This section provides a comprehensive list and an overview of various training methods that can be used by the trainers– to suit the specific group of participants. There is an attempt to elaborate a few selected training methods and approaches in this section.
  • Section 4: Planning, organizing and implementing coastal expeditions
    This section, which has been developed in partnership with the Earthwatch Institute India, serves as a guide to planning and organizing coastal and marine expeditions.

To access the PDF of the above Trainer’s Guide, click here