[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n 13th May, we had a group thesis outline discussion, which was an informal activity recommended by the fellows. Each fellow presented his/her outline to the other fellows and the Program Advisor, in order to get questions, clarifications and suggestions on how their outline can be improved. That activity was really useful since it allowed the fellows to get constructive feedback and input from different perspectives.
From 14th to 16th May, we had presentations from the DOALOS staff. The first presentation on 14th May was on “A Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects” from Ms. Annebeth Rosenboom. That presentation focused on the history of the Regular Process, the mandate established by the United Nations General Assembly, the institutional arrangements, the next steps including the work of the Bureau of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, the Pool of Experts of the Regular Process, workshops in support of the Regular Process, and the preparation of the first World Ocean Assessment. She concluded her presentation with information on the voluntary trust fund.
The presentations on 15th May focused on maritime zones, boundaries delimitation and GIS. Mr. Robert Sandevand and Mr. Guillaume le Sourd gave us an overview of the uses of GIS and some examples of GIS interfaces. Following that, the presentation focused on the use of GIS in support for the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), and other uses of GIS in general. This presentation was followed by a presentation on maritime zones and in particular the continental shelf by Mr. Luigi Santosuosso. The presentation on Friday, 16th May, was on sustainable fisheries and was delivered by Mr. Michele Ameri. This presentation gave a full overview of fisheries affairs.
During the week, the fellows also continued to work on the outline of their thesis and carried out the relevant research.