Educational Capacity Strengthening for Risk Managment of Non-native Aquatic Species in Western Balkans - RiskMan

WP5 Development of Tailored Course for Unemployed Young Adults

WP5 Development of Tailored Course for Unemployed Young Adults

WP5 - Development of Tailored Course for Unemployed Young Adults

According to the World Bank Report (2019), the employment gained in the Western Balkans were larger for younger (15–24 years) and older (55–64 years) age groups but negligible for the prime-age group (25–54 years). For this reason, young adults between ages 18-35 years old are defined as the main target group of this WP. In the same report, it is emphasised that young adults especially low educated ones have problems finding a job.

Aquaculture, aquarium trade and fisheries sectors (both marine and freshwater) are growing rapidly in Western Balkans, opening new job opportunities for young adults in these countries. Besides, there is a lack of awareness of employees of these sectors about the risk posed by the spreading of NN species via aquaculture, fishing, shipping and aquarium activities.

Thus, the courses will be planned to focus on the following subjects:

  • Overview of NN species’ impacts on ecosystem services
  • Keys for identification for the main aquatic species of Western Balkans with emphasis on the NN species already recorded in the countries
  • General principles of Risk Management of NN species (early detection, management, control and eradication processes) to the young adults who want to be employed in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors 
  • Introduction to the use of ASK-ISK (Aquatic Species Invasiveness Screening Kit) and other similar screening decision-support tools available for NN species
  • Introducing the Risk Management Model developed in WP3 
  • Knowledge about the main entry/escape/spread pathways of NN species with main emphasis on those existing in Western Balkans 
  • Establishment of managing approaches in aquaculture and fishing industries for the young adults 
  • Main socio economic effects (economic damages on fishing industry, negative impacts on human health and therefore tourism) of NN species
  • Main issues about the hazards of NN species in the aquaculture industries and tourism sector.