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Learning is an essential element for building capacity and achieving tangible results to advance marine and coastal management in developing countries. Networks of practice are emerging to take advantage of information technology, with the notion that virtual communities might be a low cost way to share information and overcome some of the barriers to good governance and sustainable development by enabling leaders to become more effective. Fostering networks of practice across regions and continents is motivated by the need to reduce the profound isolation that practitioners feel as well as to build their personal knowledge and social capital. However, active networks are based on engaging in joint activities and building personal commitment and trust, and technology by itself cannot supply these essential ingredients. There is no substitute for face to face contact in the generation and transmission of knowledge that is most relevant to leaders working in the unique circumstances of every coastal ecosystem. A review of recent literature and experience reported by large international organizations provides the backdrop for an examination of the success and challenges of a network of Latin-American coastal managers and a network of mariculture professionals in East Africa.

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A certification program has been designed and field tested in Latin America that assesses individual professionals against six competencies defined as central to the effective practice of the ecosystem approach. The program promotes high standards of competence, professional growth, and ethical conduct. It is designed for both young professionals at an early stage in their careers and senior practitioners with wide experience. The program offers additional benefits through opportunities for dialogue among peers, analysis of experience in a diversity of settings, and networking. The first application of the program has resulted in the certification of eight senior and five associate coastal managers from eleven nations. This certification complements the certification for managers of marine protected areas operating in the Western Indian Ocean discussed in a companion article in this special issue.

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Seven-tenths of the planet’s surface is covered by ocean. Yet the forces of change that increasingly threaten the quality and function of marine ecosystems all originate on the three tenths that this land.

A global set of coastal stewardship incubator projects, operating as nested efforts of different sizes culminating at the large marine ecosystem scale, could be the catalyst for the changes in societal values and behavior that are the precondition to reversing current negative trends.

This document proposes the structure for such an approach, describes the benefits it would produce and explains why this effort will not be realized without an independently funded and administered initiative. Our approach avoids the weakness in many coastal management programs that have emerged since the Rio Conference in 1992 – the absence of common frameworks for assessing progress and disseminating innovations, the absence of funding to reward and sustain sound programs in low-income nations and the absence of global mechanisms to encourage collaborative learning.

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El manejo sustentable de los recursos pesqueros y la gestión eficiente de las pesquerías, presentan hoy un conjunto de desafíos que requieren integrar a los esfuerzos de las autoridades de aplicación en materia de pesca, los aportes científicos y técnicos, y el acompañamiento responsable de empresarios y pescadores. Además, el exigente ritmo en la toma de decisiones, necesita de información técnica, de buena calidad y disponible en tiempo real.

Dada la importancia que el CFP asigna a los Programas e Observadores Pesqueros, como herramientas que proveen información fundamental en el proceso de toma de decisiones para el manejo de las pesquerías, hemos decidido por unanimidad respaldar esta iniciativa y contribuir a su desarrollo y fortalecimiento.

Con gran satisfacción concretamos la publicación del presente documento, y esperamos desde ya que contribuya a valorizar el rol del observador pesquero en el Mar Argentino.

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Una Caja de Herramientas para Líderes Sociales, Docentes y Educadores

Dificultades en la comunicación, altos niveles de stress, crisis de sentido y frustración en los grupos y equipos de trabajo plantean interrogantes profundos a la hora de promover y acompañar el desarrollo y crecimiento tanto de integrantes de organizaciones sociales y educativas como de emprendedores del sector privado.

Desde el convencimiento de que este documento puede ser útil y aportar al crecimiento personal y colectivo, los invito a recorrerlo con mirada abierta. Mi mayor deseo es que se sientan “convocados” a experimentar alguna de estas propuestas, transitarla y luego compartir vivencias y aprendizajes. A continuación van a encontrar, enuna apretada síntesis, tres enfoques ya sistematizados, reconocidos y replicados y dos juegos de técnicas que me han servido para integrar y transformar creencias, miradas y sentimientos. Me han facilitado la tarea como acompañante de grupos y mi propio camino junto a otros. Es mi deseo que estas palabras aporten
a la construcción de un camino común, hacia el horizonte del “nosotros pleno e inclusivo”.

María Laura Schiffrin

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