Aqua­cul­ture course scholarships

Fish Farmer - - World News -

A LIM­ITED num­ber of scholarships for a three-week aqua­cul­ture train­ing course in the Nether­lands are be­ing of­fered to some sub-Sa­ha­ran coun­tries by the Dutch gov­ern­ment.

The course - which runs from February 26 to March 16, 2018, at Wa­genin­gen Univer­sity and Re­search, Cen­tre for Devel­op­ment In­no­va­tion (CDI) - will fo­cus on re­spon­si­ble aqua­cul­ture devel­op­ment.

The first part of the course will con­cen­trate on aqua­cul­ture devel­op­ment on a higher level, in­tro­duc­ing the Ecosys­tem Ap­proach to Aqua­cul­ture (EAA) as de­vel­oped by the United Na­tions Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO).

The EAA con­sid­ers all im­pacts of aqua­cul­ture on other uses and in­cludes the de­sign of an aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment plan that in­volves users of the wa­ter body or catch­ment area where aqua­cul­ture is de­vel­op­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants will prac­tise the var­i­ous steps of this ap­proach based on their own aqua­cul­ture sit­u­a­tion.

The sec­ond part of the course will dis­cuss what can be done on the farm level to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of aqua­cul­ture.

In­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards and pro­grammes will also be dis­cussed.

The course is in­tended for aqua­cul­ture pro­fes­sion­als, such as lec­tur­ers, re­searchers, pol­icy mak­ers, ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers, hatch­ery and farm man­agers, and so on.

Re­quire­ments in­clude good English lan­guage skills; ed­u­ca­tion level at BSc or higher in a sub­ject rel­e­vant for aqua­cul­ture devel­op­ment; and a min­i­mum of three years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in aqua­cul­ture devel­op­ment.

For more de­tails about the course con­tact Peter G.M. van der Hei­j­den Peter.van­der­hei­j­

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