The basic MedOpen course in Arabic has proved to be a very successful initiative. Thanks to translation of the basic course developed by PAP/RAC and its partners to Arabic with the assistance of SMAP-RMSU, the second round of the virtual course in Arabic was opened few months ago. The course in the Arabic language is the first e-learning course on ICZM in Arabic.
CEDARE (Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe) implements this second round of e-learning training course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, ArabMedOpen, during 2006. The main objective of this e-learning training course is to enhance the capacity of professionals in the Arab Mediterranean countries to manage efficiently their coastal zones. 198 participants form the Arab Mediterranean countries, namely, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia have registered in the course. This number is nearly three times greater than the number of participants in the first run (2005). ArabMedOpen is being financed by the European Commission, in recognition of the importance of coastal areas environments, from an economic and development perspective. The program consists of 11 lectures; for both basic and advanced levels. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program after completing the exams and essays required of them. Lectures and related material can be found on the official website of the program.