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Free online course on Sustainable Tourism for SIDS
Course date: 25 April to 13 June 2019
Organized by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International and the Hamburg Open Online University, this course lets you explore and assess the opportunities that sustainable tourism strategies offer for SIDS. This course will help you to think carefully and critically about current tourism policies. It illustrates through practical examples how policy-making can improve tourism in the main SIDS regions.

Biodiversity Finance
15 APR 2019 - 31 MAY 2019
Do you need to make a stronger business case for biodiversity conservation? Do you want to become more skilled at developing financially sound and politically feasible solutions to conservation and development challenges? Do you need to know how to develop an effective biodiversity finance plan? Do you want access to more tools to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance, and to conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals?

Scholarships for Master of Arts (Research on SIDS) at the University of Malta
Application deadline: 30 June 2019
The Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) of the University of Malta is offering a Master by research in Islands and Small States studies (full-time or part-time), commencing in October 2019. The programme is designed so as to enhance the knowledge of the students on islands and small states matters. The course is intended to be inter-disciplinary and will relate to economic, social, environmental and political issues associated with islands and small states.

UN Environment and the Open University MOOC on Marine Litter
Starts on 29 April 2019
Marine litter is a global problem that affects every ocean of the world. Litter is an environmental, human health and socio-economic problem that is a symptom of a highly disposable society. With worldwide growth in the amount of solid litter thrown away every day and slow rates of degradation, the amount of litter present in the marine environment is increasing. The MOOC on marine litter strives to teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location.

One Planet One Ocean: From Science to Solutions
Online ongoing course
Is the ocean the real final frontier? Humans have a greater understanding of the surface of the moon than they do of the depths of our ocean. But what we know of the ocean proves it hosts a wealth of opportunity – connecting the world; supporting important and basic economic, cultural and environmental functions – despite being under significant threat. Stressed by unsustainable lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population, how do we become good stewards of this massive natural resource? In the massive open online course One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions, learn from the world's leading experts on ocean science. They will present the issues and potential solutions – grounded in rigorous scientific research – to fight for our endangered waters.

Introduction to the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Spring 2019
This e-course provides an overview of the GEF, a unique international organization that is dedicated to safeguarding the global environment. It is a joint production by the GEF Secretariat’s Knowledge & Learning Team and the Open Learning Campus (OLC) of the World Bank Group and is hosted by the OLC. By completing this e-course, you will gain knowledge of the GEF’s mission, history and institutional structure. You will understand the organizing principles and areas of work in the 7th GEF replenishment period (GEF-7). You will also learn about key cross cutting issues; the basics of GEF funding and its operational policies, as well as the results framework for GEF-7.

Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Marine Spatial Planning
Available on demand
The Joint Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning is a two-years advanced professional master program designed within the Erasmus Mundus 2013/2019 program. Three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator, University of Seville, University of Azores. Students will familiarize with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.

International Water Law
Available on demand
In recent decades, international law has undergone a series of major developments in order to accommodate the many new facets of freshwater management and protection. The adoption of universal, regional and basin instruments highlights how important it is to study the evolution of international water regulations and to be able to identify the main principles in this field. This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers. It presents the principles and legal standards that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of these resources.

Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management
Online ongoing course
Focusing on the Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) of the world, this course will introduce the concept and practice of ecosystem-based management. LMEs occupy areas of coastal ocean at least 200 000 km² or greater in size. These coastal waters produce 12.6 trillion USD in ecosystem goods and services annually and are vitally important for billions of people around the globe.

From Source to Sea to Sustainability - Integrated Cycles in Wastewater and Nutrient Management Foundations MOOC
Online time-bound course - January 14, 2019 to April 7, 2019
In 2016, UN Environment in cooperation with Concordia University in Montreal will launch the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking”. As a second MOOC in the series, “From Source to Sea to Sustainability” aims to focus specifically on the growing issue of wastewater and nutrient pollution and holistic, effective ways to address them. The MOOC will be disseminated through the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), which is currently comprised of over 790 universities globally.