Online Course on Integrated Coastal Zone Management

General information

! The course is cancelled in 2017, but might be offered again in 2018, more information can be found here

The UNESCO-IHE online courses are intended for professionals working in public and private institutions, NGOs, and academic institutions, and are ideal for those with families who want to upgrade their skills from the comfort of their own home or office. This course provides an understanding of the planning and management of coastal zones by covering the principles and tools in ICZM.

Course Content

  1. General introduction
  2. Introduction to ICZM
  3. The ICZM process
  4. Policy analysis
  5. Final project

The ICZM course consists of four parts, which are divided in different units. The units are designed in such a way that they can be studied independently. Presentations give an overview of the unit content, while the lecture notes provide more in detail explanation. The lecture notes are interactive to support the participants, including weblinks and further reading options.

Case studies will link the content of the units to the practise, while supplementary material, like video and audioclips, are provided to illustrate and animate the units. A comprehensive glossary will support the participants to get familiar with the terms and definitions related to ICZM. The course provides interaction between participants through the online discussions and via video conferencing. Several actual case studies in a number of countries are provided during the course, for example The Netherlands, India, USA (Rhode Island), Indonesia and Egypt.

Learning outcome:

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. understand the need of sustainable development in coastal zones.
  2. understand the special nature of the coastal zone and demands made upon its resources.
  3. diagnose problems and issues and be able to handle diverse information about coastal zones.
  4. use their skills of critical awareness, analysis, evaluation and assessment for efficient environmental decision-making and management.
  5. understand the inter-actions between disciplines and sectors;the need for the involvement of all stakeholders for preparation of practical, integrated coastal zone management strategies.
  6. to undertake his/her role in implementing coastal zone management strategies.
  7. work with state of the art indicators.
Contact Person: Stephanie Petitjean (


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Venue: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands

Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft



 € 850


The course is designed for professionals from coastal/hydraulic and environmental sector institutions or agencies, coastal planners and managers and academics that have interest in learning the needs for integrated approach to problems in the coastal zone.

Participants should have education at university level in civil engineering or related hydraulic engineering and/or environmental management fields and worked after graduation for at least three years in professional practice or at university or research organization in the field of coastal/ hydraulic engineering or related fields to environmental management. Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy these requirements may be admitted by virtue of considerable relevant work experience which should be judged on individual basis subject to evaluation for submitted official documents.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form. Please note that we there is a strict first come, first served policy. It might be the case that a course is fully booked before the registration deadline at UNESCO-IHE passes. Therefore we advise you to register and pay for the course as early as possible.

Application Deadline: 1st March 2016

Grant Opportunities:

Most of the UNESCO-IHE online courses are eligible for NFP fellowships, and candidates from NFP countries are always encouraged to apply for one (Deadline NFP: 14 October 2015). Discounts on the tuition fees are also available and apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE G-PoWER partners
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)


Participants who successfully complete the entire course will receive UNESCO-IHE ‘certificate of attendance’


Academic level: Lifelong Learning

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