State of the Art of Capacity Building in Europe: list of articles

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Capacity Building in ICZM

This section provides and introductory framework to the notion of Capacity Building in ICZM by presenting the concept, the different types of capacity building efforts, and the variety of tools for developing a capacity building strategy.


Capacity Building Concept and Definitions


This part provides the basis for a thorough understanding of the concepts along with a list of the most relevant definitions of the term amongst inter-governmental organizations and scientits This part.

The Capacity Building Concept

This article provides an introduction to the concept of Capacity Building in general. It presents the historical evolution of the term capacity building that has given place, over the past five years, to a broad common conceptual framework that involves a system perspective addressing various levels of environmental management capacities (i.e. capacities of institutions, individuals, overall countries and regions).

Capacity Building

This article provides a list of the most relevant definitions of the term amongst key inter-governmental organizations worldwide.


Types of Capacity Building efforts


This part provides an introduction to the main types of capacity building efforts, which can be divided in two main categories, namely: Human Capacity Building and Institutional Capacity Building. Both are closely inter-related and complement each other.

A number of supporting elements enhance and provide additional tools for implementing actions on human and/or institutional capacity building, namely: the transfer of knowledge, networking, sharing of experience & know-how, as well as dissemination of information.

Human Capacity Building

Human Capacity Building addresses the preparation of the required coastal actors to carry out integrated management. It should focus on building an individual’s Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (K/S/A), while at the same time expanding and strengthening the network of individuals by building teams or cadres of ICZM experts across the European region and, hopefully, even institutions which will contribute to coastal management.

In turn, Human Capacity Building efforts can be 'formal' or 'informal'.

Formal Capacity Building

Formal Capacity Building includes 'education', 'training' and 'professional development'. A revision on ICZM related courses in Europe performed by Theme 10 Coordination Office is offered.

Informal Capacity Building

Informal Capacity Building addresses the creation of structures and networks which allow access to information on ICZM and builds understanding of corresponding concepts and methodologies in stakeholders who would not seek education and training through formal routes. The relevance of different existing platforms for informal capacity building efforts in Europe is explored.

Institutional Capacity Building

Institutional Capacity Building addresses capacity building beyond the provision of education and training of professionals. It aims to enhance the capacity of governments, business, non-governmental groups and communities to plan and manage the coast efficiently and effectively. It also aims at improving institutional arrangements for coastal management, such as networking and partnerships.


Capacity Assessment in ICZM


This section deals with the major steps in developing the required capacity in an efficient manner. Capacity Assessment is based on the notion that no efficient capacity building action can be taken without having previous knowledge of existing as well as newly required human, institutional and financial resources that may tackle the specific ICZM capacity related issues. This is strictly related to identifying the existing Capacity Gap through capacity assessment tools.

In this regard, this section offers the most relevant past efforts to define capacity building needs in ICZM. It also provides technical background on capacity building needs associated to the ICZM policy cycle as well as an introduction to capacity assessment tools along with reference examples.


Capacity Assessment in ICZM

This article introduces de concept of capacity assessment and then discusses the framework within which capacity assessment may be undertaken and then provides information on the variety of methods to assess the capacities of both individuals and institutions involved in ICZM. Links to relevant sources of information on capacity assessment are also provided.

Past efforts to define capacity building needs in ICZM

Assessing capacities for ICZM has been in the forefront of concerns in coastal practice worldwide and this article provides an introduction to the events that marked a milestone to guide future efforts in the field.

Capacity Building Needs Associated to the ICZM Cycle

Within the many methods of assessing the capacities of a coastal manager, one way is to look into the ICZM policy cycle and the related tasks involved (Olsen 1995). This article first offers a review of such policy cycle and its most relevant characteristics. Second, a detailed examination the knowledge, skills and attitudes (K/S/As) associated to the steps in the policy cycle is performed.

Assessment of training needs

Training is one of the existing types of capacity building efforts (that have been introduced in the previous section). To effectively undertake a training action, a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) is required. This article introduces the concept of TNA as the first building block upon which the planning of training initiatives is facilitated.

Methodologies for assessing the capacity needs in ICZM

This article illustrates different 'capacity assessment' methods that are being applied by key organizations worldwide through real-life examples.


Capacity Building in ICZM practice

This section provides a list of key priority capacity building issues regarding the weaknesses in the planning and implementation of ICZM in Europe. It also offers examples of good and bad practices in Capacity Building for ICZM and the lessons learned from past and on-going projects, at different levels of management, both in Europe and worldwide.

Key priority ICZM capacity building related issues in Europe

This article provides a list of the most common concerns associated to capacity building that have been voiced at different forums or identified in many reports in the field of ICZM.

Good and Bad Practices and Leassons Learned in Capacity Building for ICZM

This article focusses on the dissemination of results related to capacity building efforts within the framework of ICZM projects and programmes in Europe and abroad which will facilitate sharing of experience and know-how.


Capacity Building in ICZM policy

There are several integrated and horizontal policies that are or may not be directly aimed at coastal zones but are nonetheless very relevant to their sustainable development. This section provides a review of the leading policies that sustain ICZM efforts through the most relevant EU documents, and resulting Capacity Building needs.

Capacity Building in the frame of EU ICZM related policies

This article provides a review of Capacity Building in the frame of EU ICZM related policies. A list of these policies with a summary of their objectives, relationship with the coast and its management, and especially with the associated capacity building needs, is provided.


ICZM related Capacity Building Resources

This section provides access to capacity building resources in Europe. This will be also supported by the results of the


Catalogue of ICZM courses and programmes

The establishment of a European database for comparative analysis of education and training courses and corresponding materials is one of the actions proposed in the ICZM Evaluation Report as well as one of the objectives in many on-going EU funded projects (e.g. EU COMET2, SPICOSA, LEONARDO). This article provides a list of the ICZM related courses and programmes that were identified by means of the Survey on ICZM courses and programmes in Europe being carried out by theme 10.

Important links to main Capacity Building institutions

This article provides access to relevant sites providing information on Capacity Building initiatives, especially in the ICZM field. Such sites refer to: International and European organizations, research centres and institutes, relevant training programmes and important events in the field.


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The main authors of this article are Losada, Iñigo J and Garriga, Maica
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The main author of this article is Losada, Iñigo J
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Citation: Losada, Iñigo J (2008): State of the Art of Capacity Building in Europe: list of articles. Available from http://www.coastalwiki.org/wiki/State_of_the_Art_of_Capacity_Building_in_Europe:_list_of_articles [accessed on 12-12-2019]


The main author of this article is Garriga, Maica
Please note that others may also have edited the contents of this article.

Citation: Garriga, Maica (2008): State of the Art of Capacity Building in Europe: list of articles. Available from http://www.coastalwiki.org/wiki/State_of_the_Art_of_Capacity_Building_in_Europe:_list_of_articles [accessed on 12-12-2019]