Project details

The overall objective is to: a) strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to assume expanded responsibilities in the field of aquaculture; b) prepare a cadre of personnel equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in selected engineering/scientific, and/or management aspects of aquaculture and c) integrate “tailor-made” capacity building efforts at specific stages of a project or programme. The programme is centred on three major blocs of activities (see figure 1):

capacity building scheme

Fig. 1: Principles of capacity building strategies.

Bloc 1:Translating scientific results into management tools for decision-makers. 
Traditionally, there is a gap between scientific-associated activities vis-à-vis the implementation of management and regulatory tasks, most of which are based on the results of scientific research. This gap points to the need to strengthen the interaction between scientists/engineers and managers/decision makers and equip the latter ones with tools to design, prepare and implement management actions that should be easy to be processed and applied.  This bloc of capacity building activities comprise training for three critical tasks: a) Defining and applying criteria for setting aquaculture farms; b) Issuing of licences; and c) Establishing and application of limits to the carrying capacity.

Bloc 2: Engaging and working with the aquaculture community
Many countries are at a stage of developing ambitious plans/programmes with the aim at increasing aquaculture efforts.  This endeavour involves the concomitant task of expanding the issuing of licences and the application of regulations.  This process should begin by building an inclusive, multi-stakeholders dialogue within the aquaculture community with the aim of providing farmers and other related personnel, the necessary knowledge and skills (the “how to”) to interpret new policies, implement management plans, and apply a set of regulations. This bloc of capacity building comprises a number of activities to engage and work with stakeholders at the local level. Active participation of the aquaculture community will facilitate a better understanding of local implications and of the responsibilities associated with sitting of aquaculture farms, licensing and carrying capacity. The capacity building strategy is formal training together with multi- stakeholder workshops to encourage an exchange of ideas and best practices among practitioners engaged in diverse aquaculture-related tasks. 

Bloc 3: Support the development of national capacities in decision support systems
The objective of this bloc of CB activities is to create national capacity (hands-on) for implementing the scientific and engineering tasks that sustain the decision-making process necessary for sitting aquaculture farms, licensing and determining the carrying capacity.  National experts, scientists and engineers will be trained in the knowledge and skills required for: a) selection of the required data for the set-up of models and development of systems; b) the actual set-up of the models and systems; c) selection of relevant scenarios; d) application of the systems for site selection and estimation of carrying capacities; e) licensing; f) set-up of monitoring program for assessment of the impacts of fish farm operations.

Research Division

ECOLAB – Coastal Ecosystems


Prof. Dr. R. Mayerle
Research and Technology Centre, University of Kiel, Germany


Dr. S. Vallejo
Former coordinator of the Train-Sea-Coast Program of theUnited Nations


July 2014 to June 2016


Research and Technology Centre, University of Kiel, Germany