DLIST is a place to learn more about coastal development. Supported by all the information available in the library, links and hotspot sections, as well as the network of partners, DLIST provides an ideal web-based platform for distance learning. Anyone along the coastal areas of Angola, Namibia and South Africa or anywhere in the world can enroll in the accredited courses offered on DLIST to enhance their knowledge.
If you want to know more about your coast and its resources, DLIST-Benguela enables you to study online and interact with students from other places in the BCLME and elsewhere. Key focus areas for DLIST distance learning are coastal development, coastal populations and livelihoods, coastal and marine resources of the BCLME, threats, transboundary problems and solutions, and co-management of coastal and marine resources. All you need is a computer with internet access and to enroll in one of the existing courses.

What courses are available now?

Currently there are two courses available online: Environmental Engineering – Sustainable Development in Coastal Areas , offered by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in South Africa to both students at the campus and distance learners and Stakeholder Participation – for a better future which is offered only as a non-accredited online course by the DLIST team.

The CPUT Environmental Engineering course was the first course tested on the DLIST portal during the pilot phase and since the start in 2004 more than 60 distance students from different areas of South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania have already graduated. These students have been providing feedback on the course, which has helped improve the course and make it more useful to university students, communities, government staff and any individuals interested in enhancing their skills in coastal development issues. It is being offered every year from January to May.

The Environmental Resource Centre at CPUT and the DLIST team have developed a course in Stakeholder Participation processes. The course is aimed at conducting processes which stakeholders ought to be involved in and at stakeholders themselves. While the basic concepts are general, some of the issues and case studies are oriented for a Southern African audience. The course material is available in English only, but the course moderator can communicate in Portuguese to facilitate for participants from Angola.

The Department of Natural Sciences and Conservation in the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Namibia (UNAM) offers a four year Bachelors of Science degree course in Natural Resources, which provides for two specialization options: (a) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and (b) Integrated Environmental Science. The Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences option offers a module on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) - at the final year level (fourth year). The module was offered on a pilot basis on the DLIST portal in 2008 with the conventional full time students. At the moment there is no distance learning option for this course, but it is still being offered to contact students at UNAM. For more information, please check University of Namibia (UNAM)

And in the near future?

More courses are expected to become available in the future. A Cleaner Production Course is being developed as a partnership between the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The course is aimed at engineering students of the Polytechnic and will also be available as a distance learning module on DLIST. The documents are already developed and available on the DLIST site, but it is currently not being offered.

The Cape Peninsula Univeristy of Technology is also in the process of developing a course aiming at introducing environmental issues of the 21st century, which will be offered both as a contact course and as a distance learning course through the DLIST platform.