Ocean Literacy for All: UN Ocean Conference inspires global commitment to forge an ocean literate society!

April 28th, 2017 No comments

A partnership of intergovernmental, scientific and educational institutions has launched a global commitment to raise awareness for the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our ocean.

Read the full article.

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Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: Call for Abstracts – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

April 28th, 2017 No comments

Taking into account requests from prospective participants, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to the 10th May 2017.

Abstracts must be submitted online at http://abstract.wiomsa.org/index.php/wioma/10WSS. Please follow the online submission instructions.

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NF-POGO Fellowship for on-board training for FRidge Cruise 2017

April 23rd, 2017 No comments

POGO is pleased to announce that with support from the Nippon Foundation and in partnership with the University of Liverpool, University of Southampton and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, it is offering a NF-POGO Visiting Fellowship for training on-board the GEOTRACES North Atlantic “FRidge” cruise in 2017-18.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to visit the University of Liverpool and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in the United Kingdom, for one month prior to the start of the cruise to participate in analytical training, cruise preparation and planning. To sail on the cruise on 20th December 2017 (departing from Southampton) and ending on 1st February 2018 in Guadeloupe. Following the cruise they will spend approximately one additional month at PML, learning to quality control and analyse the results statistically, and interpret them in the context of the cruise scientific aims. The fellow will make biogeochemical observations concerned with dissolved oxygen and nutrients.

The programme is open to scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD/MSc) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The application deadline is 31st May 2017. Please see the attached flyer for further details, or visit http://ocean-partners.org/nf-pogo-fellowship-fridge-cruise-2017

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PostDoctoral Fellowship opportunity at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology

April 23rd, 2017 No comments

We invite applications for the above full-time research opportunity at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, a world-renowned, national Centre of Excellence (CoE) in ornithological research with a strong emphasis on postgraduate studies. The tenure of the Fellowship is for up to two years, providing there is satisfactory academic progress in the first year. – See more at: http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/fitz/news/vacancies#sthash.LuCszNqS.dpuf

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MSc Maritime Science 2017-2018: Applications are still open!

April 23rd, 2017 No comments
The Master of Science in Maritime Science is an inter-university programme developed by Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). It aims at students from diverse academic backgrounds, who have a common passion for maritime transport and already hold a Master degree. People working in the maritime sector may also benefit from the programme to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The programme comprises three main pillars: a technical/general pillar, an economic/logistic pillar and a legal pillar, and follows the multidisciplinary approach which makes it unique in the global academic landscape. All courses are offered in English, as the maritime sector operates in an international environment.

The programme is taught by experts with international acknowledgement and experience. The strong interaction with the maritime sector through guest lectures and field trips provides students with up-to-date information on ports and shipping.

You can find all relevant information on the website of our study programme: www.maritimescience.ugent.be.

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Job Opportunities – Mangrove Capital Africa, Rufiji Delta Site

April 18th, 2017 No comments

Wetland International is implementing a 10-year Mangrove Capital Africa Programme (MCA) that charts a new approach that can upscale successful strategies and ensure their autonomous seeding and replication along East and West Africa’s coasts. In Eastern Africa, the initial focusing will be on the Rufiji Delta in Tanzania. The MCA is recruiting three experienced professionals for the following positions:

i) Project Manager

ii) Mangrove Specialist

iii) Community Development Officer

Download detailed terms of reference for each position: Project Manager; Mangrove Specialist and Community Development Officer.

Interested Candidates, apply by sending a curriculum vitae and a covering letter to the following email address: hr@wetlands-africa.org with the title of the position plus the reference as mail subject before 29 April 2017 at 05 PM.

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The “forgotten” tree brings piped water to a village!

April 10th, 2017 No comments

By Wanjohi Kabukuru

[Gazi Bay, Kenya] Gazi Bay is a quiet sleepy village which lies some 55 kilometres south of Kenya’s coastal resort capital of Mombasa. It does not feature on the tourism circuit as the south-coast’s hotspots of Diani, Ukunda, Nyali, Kisite and even its direct neighbour Chale Island. And it fades into oblivion when one mentions Watamu, Malindi and Lamu.

Even with its idyllic coastal settings complete with hundreds of coconut tree fronds, fresh sea breeze and white sandy beaches Gazi Bay and its neighbour Makongeni Village appear nowhere in tourist pamphlets.

But when it comes to biodiversity conservation, Gazi Bay sheltered peacefully in azure blue waters off the Chale Peninsula with a thrust of the coastal mangroves greenery, shines like no other coastal community in the entire Africa.

Read the full article from http://www.theioo.com/index.php/en/environment/item/518-the-forgotten-tree-brings-piped-water-to-a-village.

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Western Indian Ocean mangroves secrets

April 7th, 2017 No comments

By Wanjohi Kabukuru

[Ilha da Inhaca, Mozambique] Mangroves are fascinating trees.

At the breathtaking Rufiji Delta in Tanzania where the River Rufiji empties into the Indian Ocean, an interesting story is narrated by a resident Richard Mtila.

“In 1987 the Tanzanian government imposed a moratorium on mangroves cutting in the Rufiji Delta to protect the expansive mangroves forests in Tanzania as the harvesting of poles had gone beyond control.” Mtila says. “This policy was impossible to enforce and it led to bad relations between coastal communities and the government. It actually ended up endangering mangroves as illegal cutting of mangroves continued.”

Four years later the government was forced back to the drawing board. However, this time around the government was smarter. It sought to know first why its policy had failed before coming up with another policy.

“In 1991 a government led study revealed that the government failed to include community participation in mangrove conservation and in 1997 the Tanzanian government changed its forest law to allow for community participation.” Mtila says. “The hard lessons had been learned. And those lessons came from mangroves and coastal communities.”

Read the full article from http://www.theioo.com/index.php/en/environment/item/519-western-indian-ocean-mangroves-secrets

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Africa’s Mister Mangroves

April 6th, 2017 No comments

By Wanjohi Kabukuru

[Chale Peninsula, Kenya] On a general talk, it appears as if the Gazi project was initiated a few years ago. However after spending a few days in this rural outpost is when one realises that the project is a culmination of years of determined study and quiet determination by a quiet researcher who decided to make a difference.

“Knowledge is a good thing but it is better when it is shared and changes lives for the better.” Josphat Mwamba says. “Gazi rose to international prominence because someone decided to open his knowledge from the library to the world. And that man is not shy to walk in the muddy terrain along mangroves.”

And so begins a story that thrust Gazi to the global map.

Ali Shuffa picks from where Mwamba leaves and points me to right direction. The story can be traced back to one idealistic scientist Dr James Kairo. “Dr Kairo came here over 20 years ago to study mangroves.” Shuffa says. “He stayed and never left.”

Kairu recalls how he fell in love with mangroves some 27 years ago.

Read the full article from http://www.theioo.com/index.php/en/environment/item/520-africa-s-mister-mangroves.

UNEP publishes new coastal adaptation language

April 6th, 2017 No comments

This is to announce the release of a new coastal adaptation language – the Coastal Hazard Wheel. The Coastal Hazard Wheel is available as a new UNEP publication, as scientific background papers and as a global coastal classification app. It is taken forward by an international partnership of leading knowledge institutions and all information can be found on www.coastalhazardwheel.org.

The Coastal Hazard Wheel functions as a universal coastal adaptation system to address all key coastal challenges simultaneously. It aims to boost adaptation action for the 1 billion people living in coastal areas worldwide and bridge the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public. It has been through a rigorous scientific review process, has been translated to all the official UN languages and can be used at local, regional and national level in both developed and developing countries.

For more information, please contact Dr Lars Rosendahl Appelquist (lra@coastalhazardwheel.org)


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