1. Project titleIncorporating Climate Change into Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries and Aquaculture Management in Sri Lanka and Vietnam

2. Applying Higher Education Institutions:



Grant Recipient:        Nha Trang University (NTU)

2 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Nha Trang, Vietnam



Partner 1:                  University of Tromsø (UiT)

                                    Pb 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø, Norway 





Partner 2:                  University of Bergen (UiB)

                                   Pb. 7803, 5020 Bergen, Norway




Partner 3:                 University of Ruhuna (UoR) 

                                    Matara, Sri Lanka




3. Project Duration: September 2014- December 2019

4. Project number: QZA-0485 SRV-13/0010

5. Objective of the Project:

Strengthening education and research capacity in climate change and natural resource management in the two institutions in Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

6. Project description

The project seeks capacity strengthening for all involved partners regarding research and training in impacts of CC on marine biodiversity, fisheries, aquaculture, and coastal communities. The ultimate goal is to build a strong international research team at the selected partner institutions that has both the knowledge and practical competence to carry out independent research and education programs, and to deal with CC scenarios in the long- term.

The project will be done in conjunction with Norwegian institutions and the South partners to establish an international multidisciplinary Master's program in Marine Ecosystem Based Management and Climate Change, training Ph.D. students and Post Doc fellows, and to share scientific findings on the impacts of CC to incorporate ecosystem approaches to fisheries and aquaculture management plans and activities at provincial and district levels in these selected countries. The project will concentrate specifically on gender equality promotion, enabling participation of female scientists in project framework. In particular, efforts will be made to ensure a 50:50 ratio of male: female participants.

The master program is established to educate specialists to help the countries cope with challenges of natural resource management under global CC. It aims to equip students with knowledge of CC risks and impacts on coastal areas, and necessary skills so as to conduct research and follow diverse career paths in CC science, policy and management. The master program will make considerable effort for gender equality enhancement for the involved partners, i.e., creating opportunities and access to higher education and managerial careers for women.

The master's program will be taught at NhaTrang University, Vietnam with all partners’ contribution of intellectual as well as material assets. The program will be taught in English and therefore will allow enrolment for students from other countries in South East Asia and other regions beside the selected partners.

Research of Ph.D. students and PD fellows will be tailored to themes that enable sustainability with the master's program. In other words, the Ph.D. and PD trained personnel should be able to carry out instruction in future MEMACC courses.

PhD students will enroll in North institutions and degrees will be granted by North institution. South institutions will take part in supervision as research work is based in the South (sandwich program). Whereas enrollment and graduation are encouraged preferentially to take place in South, the current capacity of South institutions, however, does not allow this possibility. There is no PhD program in English relevant to this capacity building in South institutions. Given the current situation, the partners agree that enrollment and graduation of PhDs in North will guarantee the quality of graduates that we set forth for the project framework while still maintaining networking and connection in South since students follow the sandwich model, half-time in North and half-time in South. The sandwich program reduces the danger of brain drain as compared to programs where students from the South spend their whole PhD period in the north, while securing that they gain the advantages and experience from spending some time in a high quality research environment.

Moreover, Nha Trang University’s future development strategy is to establish an English language PhD program for the South countries (with international appeal, similar to NOMA –FAME) as soon as there are sufficient qualified personnel for the program. The training of PhDs and PDs in our project is therefore a crucial step for Nha Trang University to file and establish this PhD program in the long run. In other words, our plan of training of postgraduates in North institutions is not just to satisfy the demand of the new master program in climate change component of this project but also to prepare qualified lecturers and researchers to ensure a well-built doctoral program at NTU that can serve the South countries if not wider boundaries in the long run. Clearly the development of capacity both in Vietnam and Sri Lanka will be a contribution to this aim, as a future PhD program will advantageously benefit from input from many South countries.

7. Main activities:

  • Defining  program and curricula for master program in Marine Ecosystem Management and Climate Change
  • Applying for approval from Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam for the master program
  • Announcement of new master program to the public and potential candidates
  • Selecting students for the project programs
  • Ensuring gender balance among students
  • Development of researchers and research teams via establishing MSc, Ph.D. and PDtraining and scholarships
  • Conducting studies on the effects of climate change on biodiversity, fisheries and aquaculture in Vietnam and Sri Lanka
  • Data collection and analysis for research
  • Supervision of masters, and Ph.D. theses
  • University staff exchange visits for M.Sc training
  • Disseminating M.Sc and PhD theses
  • Publishing papers in international and national journals
  • Conference participation
  • Develop mentoring program for qualifying female staff for  senior lecturer/associate professor/ professorship
  • Organizing meetings, workshops to inform research results and assessment of the project
  • Conducting field studies in  Vietnam and Sri Lanka to get necessary information for research and guidelines for integrating climate change impacts on the management plans of fisheries and aquaculture sectors
  • Developing management plans to guide the effective and sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture sectors
  • Preparing policy briefs
  • Inform stakeholders and policy makers


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