Natalja Čerkasova, 3rd year PhD student of the Ecology and Environmental Doctorate School at Klaipėda University, participated in the international training programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic, and Caspian Seas on 6 November to 8 December 2016, organised by the International Ocean Institute in Malta.
On Friday, 2 December 2016, a special seminar on ocean literacy: linking education and life-long learning to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 to Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources was held at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta under the auspices of the European Commission Representation in Malta. The seminar was also supported through an opening video message by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. The speakers included dr Francesca Santoro (IOC/UNESCO); Ms Fiona Crouch, Board member of EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association) and Coordinator of the SeaChange project on ocean literacy; dr Azmath Jaleel from Cardiff University, Wales; and dr Behzad Alipour Tehranyi, former Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva.
Among all the students from Algeria, Egypt, PR China, Croatia, IR Iran, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Tunisia, and Turkey, Natalja Čerkasova was chosen to represent young scientists and specialists and to give a closing speech on ocean literacy. The speech was published in an official International Ocean Institute publication.