Building a Comprehensive Mechanism for Preserving
Marine Ecosystems and Life from the negative
consequences of Climate Change and the disposal of Plastic Debris.
The ECO-MARINE project aims to tackle certain key regional, cross-cutting and national priorities, in a sustainable manner for the targeted Asian region and the selected countries of Malaysia and India.
The priorities of the project are:
- To improve the management and operation of HEI
- The Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions
- The Governance strategic planning and management of Higher Education Institutions
The stages of the project are:
- Research on the specific needs on the marine ecosystem monitoring in the partner’s countries.
- Procurement of the equipment in Partner countries
- Design & development of the training syllabus (theoretical training and practical training activities)
- Design, development and operation of the e-learning platform
- Training of Trainers (3-day theoretical course in Cyprus – 10 days field course in Samos- 3 days theoretical course in university of Oviedo – 6 weeks of e-learning activities)
- Installation of the 4 Marine Monitoring Labs in the Partner countries & development of operation protocols
- Training in Partner Countries (2 weeks per university by 2 EU trainers)
- Operation of the 4 new Marine Monitoring Labs
- Training of local trainees at a regional and national level in the Marine Monitoring Labs
- Compilation of the scientific results produced by the operation of the Marine Monitoring Laboratories
The Specific Objectives of the project are:
- Enhanced support to the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of Asian HEIs;
- Support provision to the Asian HEIs to address the challenges in terms of upgrade of operations and management of the Institutions as well as the delivery of services to the staff and students
- Enhanced cooperation between the EU and the Asian countries
- Promotion of climate change and environmental protection awareness and understanding.
- Increase of the number of joint research programs to enhance the overall quality of education.
- Create international opportunities for staff exchanges aiming at quality and successful knowledge transfer to professional peers.
ECO-MARINE project involves the development of a comprehensive mechanism combining capacity building and institutional development for marine ecosystem monitoring, capitalizing on the relevant expertise and know-how from EU higher education institutions and organizations.
The institutional development component includes mainly the creation of equipped labs and infrastructure in each partner country that will allow the monitoring of marine ecosystems to be initiated according to recognized protocols and to be continued after the end of the project at the participating HEIs in all Partner Countries, while the capacity building component consists of the combination of:
- Theoretical training via distance learning and face-to-face teaching in each partner country
- Practical training in marine ecosystem monitoring in each partner country and in EU countries