Dugong Project: PhD opportunities

April 14th, 2014 No comments

A consortium of institutions (see below) is beginning a multi-year study of the occurrence, numbers and identity of dugongs in the Western Indian Ocean (Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles). We have an opportunity for students at the PhD level (though we will consider MSc).  You will enrol at a local (your own country) University, though there may be an opportunity to read through a University in another country. We have scholarships available, enough to pay for your tuition, field work and a small stipend.  If selected you will be part of an important and interesting conservation effort and you will, if you work hard, receive a PhD.

For more information please contact: Dr. V G Cockcroft – vic@dugongs.org

The DUGONG consortium members are:

- Kenya Wildlife Services & Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute (Kenya)

- Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries & Institute of Marine Sciences, and Sea Sense (Tanzania)

- Seychelles Islands Foundation

- Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)

- Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria and Centre for Dolphin Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)

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Call for proposals: Understanding and valuing the marine ecosystem services of the Northern Mozambique Channel

April 14th, 2014 No comments

WWF intends to commission a consultant to conduct a study entitled ‘Understanding and valuing the marine ecosystem services of the Northern Mozambique Channel’. Download the full announcement, for details on preparation of the proposals.

The proposal should include a basic outline of the proposed approach and methodology, cost estimate (with breakdown of costs) and timeline for delivery. In addition, the proposal should be accompanied by a brief background of the consultant, CV, address, and example(s) of similar work.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 April 2014.

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Coral cover still going down since 2004

April 10th, 2014 No comments

WCS just released the attached press release and photo on the state of Indian Ocean corals for a paper published today in PloS One.  This study is for the period 2004 and 2011 and finds that coral cover is still declining even after the big disturbance in 1998 but there are some sites in good condition that are priorities for conservation.

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April 3rd, 2014 No comments

The WIO-COMPAS Programme assesses and certifies Marine Protected Area (MPA) Professionals in the WIO Region based on recognized standards of excellence. It promotes competences, professional growth and ethical conduct. Are YOU ready to become a certified MPA PRO?  See the details below to apply for the next certification event.

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) in partnership with the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island (CRC) is pleased to announce the 4th offering of Level 2~Site Management Certification for Marine Protected Area Professionals to be held on the 11th-16th  August  2014.

Who can apply

Applicants should ideally be MPA professionals working in an MPA within the region (equivalent of MPA Manager, Assistant Manager, Site Manager, Warden or Section Ranger ) or  Professionals working within NGOs that work with MPAs; must have at least three years experience performed at a level equivalent to a level 2 MPA management professional; should have a minimum of a secondary school certificate and/or Level 1 Certification and should have written proficiency in the language of assessment (English/ French/ Portuguese).

This level is ideally suited to professionals performing principally management, supervisory and administrative functions and responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Development of management plans and supervision of plan implementation. 
  • Providing input into organizational policy. 
  • Engaging in management planning and review, supervision of practical management activities, monitoring and evaluation, negotiating with partners and contractors, fundraising from local/national sources, developing and managing budgets. 
  • Direct interaction/communication with local community and resource user groups, researchers/institutions, local partners and co-management organizations (including local and national non-governmental organizations, local municipalities and government departments), staff, volunteers, contractors, and local/national media. Writing reports and media articles 
  • Training/mentoring of staff.

If you meet all of the above entry requirements, and would like to apply:

Deadline for Application:

The deadline for receiving applications is 2nd June 2014.

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Call for expression of interest in IFS Collaborative Research Grants 2014

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Call for expression of interest in IFS Collaborative Research Grants 2014 Focusing on Biodiversity
IFS announces a call for Collaborative Research Proposals from early-career scientists in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with a focus on research into biodiversity
Interested young researchers from these countries are invited to express their interest to participate in the development of collaborative research proposals by filling out the expression of interest form here: http://applications.ifs.se
Those who express interest will be invited to join an online collaborative environment that is being used for this project. You do not need to know any collaborators before expressing interest. The purpose of the online environment is for researchers to find and get to know suitable collaborators, create research teams and prepare proposals for submission to IFS. Further instructions will follow to those who register interest to participate.

Eligibility criteria:
•         You are a citizen of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda and carrying out your research in any of these countries
•         You have a Masters or PhD degree (or equivalent academic degree)
•         You are doing/will do research on some aspect of biodiversity
•         For first time IFS grant applicants, men should be younger than 35; women should be younger than 40 years of age
•         For those who already had a grant from IFS, you may participate in this programme and apply for a Collaborative Research Grant provided IFS have accepted your report on the previous IFS Grant, no later than the closing date for application submissions for this programme
•         You are attached to a university, national research institution or a research oriented and not-for-profit NGO
Expression of interest form:  http://applications.ifs.se
Deadline:  April 27, 2014

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Call for authors – Estuaries of the World Series volume on the Western Indian Ocean

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Prospective authors are invited to submit a title and abstract according to the following directives:

  • The length of abstracts should be between 150 to 250 words.
  • Abstracts should be in the English language.
  • Abstracts should be submitted as soft copy in Microsoft Word or compatible software.
  • The deadline for receipt and acceptance of abstracts is 30 April 2014.
  • Abstracts should be submitted to the follow e-mail address: EOTWEastAfrica@gmail.com.

Full papers will be requested from selected authors only. The selection of authors will occur by 31 May 2014. The timeline for preparation of full papers will be 31 October 2014.

For further guidelines for the preparation of papers, we refer to the “Springer book series” manuscripts guidelines: http://www.springer.com/authors/book+authors?SGWID=0-154102-0-0-0

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Coral cultivation offers hope to devastated western Indian Ocean reefs

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

AMITIE, Seychelles (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Marine scientists in the Seychelles are propagating and replanting corals resistant to bleaching in the hope of replacing destroyed reefs in the western Indian Ocean with ones that are more resilient.

Each workday, Claude Reveret and Sarah Frias-Torres of Nature Seychelles, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, lead a team of scuba divers down to the ocean floor around Praslin, the country’s second-largest island, and the nearby Cousin Island Special Reserve.

There they take part in an unusual undersea gardening project – cultivating corals that have proven resistant to the stress caused by warming water, which has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean.

The large-scale death of coral reefs has exposed the Seychelles to increased erosion and the loss of fisheries that the reefs had harboured. The Indian Ocean island nations of Mauritius and Comoros and the eastern African countries of Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia are also affected.

Read the full article from: http://www.trust.org/item/20140328224703-b3pan/?source=dpagehead

Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture visits Cousin Island

March 25th, 2014 No comments

The Minister of Tourism and Culture Mr Alain St Ange visited Cousin on Monday in the company of the Chief Executive and Director of Nature Seychelles Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah and Ms Kerstin Henri respectively. The Minster said that he and his senior staff were “very impressed by Cousin”. He congratulated Nature Seychelles for having “developed the art of managing a reserve that belongs to the birds where humans can visit as guests.”

He noted that the island was clean and obviously well managed. He was taken by the knowledge and confidence of the young Seychellois Warden Christopher Mahoune who guided him around. He said “the guide was not only

knowledgeable but also knew the island inside out because he could point out where this or that species were.” The Minister made the point that Cousin was an important tourism asset and as such his Ministry would support it in any way it could.

Read the full article from http://natureseychelles.org/knowledge-centre/news-and-stories/latest-news/565-seychelles-minister-of-tourism-and-culture-visits-cousin-island

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March 24th, 2014 No comments

Together with the WWF Coastal East Africa Global Initiative (CEA GI) team and relevant staff from the three WWF country offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, we wish to initiate a focused review of the livelihood, gender and human rights elements of the CEA GI programme with a view to capture and document progress made to date, identify gaps and areas that need further improvement and outline a series of recommendations on the best way forward.

To apply for this consultancy opportunity, please download the Terms of Reference from: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/east_african_coast/

Deadline for receiving applications is April 4th, 2014 at 5.00pm East African Time

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Call for Proposals to Support the Organization of Training Courses/Workshops & Publication of Books/Manuals: DEADLINE IS NEARING!!!

March 19th, 2014 No comments

WIOMSA is pleased to announce a new call for proposals to support organizations of training courses/workshops and Publications of books/manuals.

The deadline for receiving the proposals at WIOMSA is Friday, 28 March 2014.

For more details, download the full announcement.

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