Second run of Arabic MedOpen


We have the pleasure to inform you of the upcoming launch of the second run of Arabic MedOpen, a virtual training course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in Arabic language funded by the European Commission.

The first run of Arabic MedOpen was launched in December 2005 and successfully completed in February 2006 as a joint initiative of the SMAP RMSU, UNEP/MAP PAP/RAC and CEDARE. The initiative aimed at assisting decision makers, policy advisors, project managers and experts from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries in building capacities for coastal management in view of the implementation of the phase III of the SMAP programme. Forty-five participants from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine Authority, Syria, and Tunisia registered for the basic and advance session of the first run of the course.

On the basis of the encouraging results of the first run the EC will support a second Arab Medopen course, with some improvements in the content, methodology and learning tools.

SMAP-RMSU welcomes candidates to the second run of the basic and advanced ArabMedOpen courses from the Arabic speaking Mediterranean countries.

The course is open for experts with different backgrounds. In terms of technical requirements the participants need only to have a pc connected to the Internet.

In order to apply, please complete the attached registration form and send it by e-mail to by Saturday 21st of October 2006 clearly indicating your name, country, organisation, e-mail address, the class you want to attend (Basic or Advanced) and the reasons why you are interested in attending ArabMedOpen .

Arab MedOpen in brief (


ArabMedOpen Basic provides elementary information on coastal management in the Mediterranean, as well as a quiz for self-evaluation. The course is composed of 11 lectures and will last two and a half months (1st of November 2006 - 15th of January 2007). A course outline is provided in annexe in English, Arabic and in French. There is no limit to the number of participants. Participation to simulation game and discussions and production of final essay are not requested.

ArabMedOpen Advanced requires a higher degree of commitment by the trainee than the basic module. It will also have a duration of two and a half months (1st of November 2006 - 15th of January 2007). The number of participants will be restricted (around 24). The course is composed of 11 main lessons and additional material available for download. Each lesson is followed by a brief exam, enabling the participants to self-evaluate their understanding of the subject. A course outline is provided in annexe in English, Arabic and in French. The Course Scientific Advisor will be Prof. Dr. Mohammed El-Raey, CEDARE ICZM Advisor. Participants will be invited to participate in a simulation game and discussions related to the topics. Further they will propose and prepare final essays. Participants to MedOpen Advanced who will fulfil all the tasks of the course will be awarded a MedOpen Course Certificate.

Should you have any questions about the initiative, please contact Mr Alessandro Candeloro (tel. +39 06 5007 4775, at SMAP-RMSU.

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