LEAP-Agri Call Launch: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security

March 27th, 2017 No comments

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The LEAP-agri partners are pleased to announce the launch of the LEAP-Agri joint call for pre-proposals entitled: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security. This joint transnational research and innovation call is co-funded by the following partnering African and European countries: from Africa: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda, and from Europe: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey and 1 international organisation, i.e.  CIHEAM-Bari based in Italy.

Who can apply?

Only applicants from participating countries can submit a proposal. However, it is important to join a research project as Associated Partner provided no funding is requested from the project budget. As general rules, a LEAP-Agri application must:

–          be submitted by a consortium of at least four eligible applicants from four different countries, two European and two African;

–          be implemented over a duration of 36 months;

–          Have a total budget between € 300 000 and € 1.5 million;

–          may include different types of applicants (academic, public, private) in accordance with national eligibility;

–          must be carried out by a balanced consortium, but distribution of funding over countries may be uneven; and

–          Must take into consideration equality and diversity dimension issues, especially gender and youth.

From the South African side only working researchers residing in South Africa and affiliated with a recognised South African higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council are eligible to apply. The South African applicant (i.e. the main Principle Investigator) must be in possession of a PhD.

All applicants will apply and access additional information (including the NRF eligibility criteria, the call guideline, and the frequently asked questions document) through the pt. outline accessed through the LEAP-Agri website: www.leap-agri.com/. Therefore, the NRF Online Submission System will not be opened for the LEAP-Agri applications.

Key dates:

Call opens: 15 March 2017

Call closes: 15 June 2017


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The SPC Beche-de-mer Bulletin 37 is online

March 27th, 2017 No comments

The 37th issue of the SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin has 23 original articles and reports on the biodiversity, fisheries, aquaculture and trade of sea cucumbers in various regions, including Papua New Guinea, Philippines, China, Brazil and Nicaragua; sea cucumber symbionts; the reproduction of some sea cucumber species; and the development of methods to better study and rear them. New in situ observations are also included in this issue, along with communications about upcoming conferences, and PhD dissertations that were completed this year.

Download the full issue.

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Submission of Abstracts for the 10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: Online System Activated!

March 24th, 2017 No comments

Abstracts for the Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium can now be submitted online at http://abstract.wiomsa.org/index.php/wiomsa/10WSS. Please follow the online submission instructions as described in the attached note.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 28th April 2017.

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Marine census planned for coastal waters of Kenya

March 24th, 2017 No comments

The Kenya Wildlife Service will conduct an aerial census for marine mammals from March 23 to March 27.

KWS spokesperson Paul Gatitu said the exercise will be launched at the Mombasa Marine National Park on March 23.

“The survey will focus on dugongs in the area between Diani and Vanga in the South Coast and Ungwana Bay and Kiunga in the North Coast,” he said.

Read the full story.

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New book coming soon: The R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen in the Western Indian Ocean

March 23rd, 2017 No comments

The research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen operates within the EAF-Nansen Project of FAO, and carries out fish resources and ecosystems surveys in the maritime waters of developing countries, particularly in Africa. The Project has produced a flyer taht announce the launch of a book on survey results planned for May this year. The book itself will, among others, examine the productivity of fisheries as measured by estimates of fish biomass and catch rates, and long term trends in the abundance and distribution of main species groups. It will also look at how the data and information from the surveys have been used by national scientists and others, governments of the region and the regional fisheries body in the management of the fisheries. The contribution made towards capacity development in marine and fisheries research through the Nansen surveys will be highlighted.

For more details on the book, download the flyer.

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Appel a manifestation d’interet call for expression of interest

March 6th, 2017 No comments

The Biodiversity project is launching a call for expressions of interest covering a wide range of services and supplies.

Details are currently available on our page: http://commissionoceanindien.org/activites/biodiversite/appel-a-manifestations-dinteret-call-for-expression-of-interest/

To see the English version, click on the flag at the top left.

Le projet Biodiversité lance un appel à manifestation d’intérêt couvrant un vaste éventail de services et de fournitures.

Les détails sont actuellement disponibles  sur notre page : http://commissionoceanindien.org/activites/biodiversite/appel-a-manifestations-dinteret-call-for-expression-of-interest/

Pour voir la version anglaise, cliquer sur le drapeau en haut à gauche.


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Election of the Board members: Call for nominations: GENTLE REMINDER!!!

March 6th, 2017 No comments

2017 is an election year for WIOMSA’s Board of Trustees. We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for elections of the WIOMSA Board of Trustees. According to procedure, only members in good standing, that is paid WIOMSA members and registered students (who are exempted from paying membership fees) are eligible to nominate, be nominated and to vote. Paid members and students may make up to four nominations; one for each category (Island states, Mainland countries, Host country and membership from outside the region).

Current Trustees may be nominated subject to Article 9.2.4 (i) of the WIOMSA Constitution which states that the “The tenure of office for the President and Members of the Board shall be three years, eligible for one more re-appointment.” Based on this, members of the current Board of Trustees who have only served one term are eligible for one more nomination and subsequent reappointment while those who have served two consecutive terms are ineligible.

Please submit your nominations (one for each category) to the secretary@wiomsa.org.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 31 March 2017.

Download the full announcement.

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IOI-SA Course in Ocean Governance for Africa

March 3rd, 2017 No comments

The IOI-SA will be hosting the fourth IOI-SA Course in Ocean Governance for Africa from the 4th – 29th September in Cape Town, South Africa.

The course covers a wide range of marine and maritime issues and includes lectures, exercises, discussion and field trips.
For more information, please see the brochure or visit http://ioisa.org/course-in-ocean-governance/.
Download the call for application and the application form.

Funding is available for eligible participants.
Applications for the course close on the 13th April.
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World’s First Conservation Boot Camp on a Paradise Island

March 3rd, 2017 No comments

Nature Seychelles  has just launched the world’s first Conservation Boot Camp, a unique and exclusive immersive conservation learning program based on the beautiful Cousin Island Special Reserve, one of the world’s great conservation success stories. The application process has just opened taking only 7 participants at a time. The Conservation Boot Camp is a great opportunity for recent graduates and those who wish to bolster their career in conservation or others who wish to take a break from their desk job and experience conservation of a tropical island paradise. Participants will gain much coveted practical experience “learning by doing” with field staff and researchers on a world renowned and award-winning protected area. For 50 years Cousin Island Special Reserve has been the site of amazing success stories in land and marine ecosystem restoration and management, wildlife conservation,  ecotourism, sustainable financing and more. Follow this link for more information about the program and how to apply: Apply Conservation Boot Camp.  

If you’re on Facebook you will see the latest post on Nature Seychelles’ Facebook page, please share the post and tag relevant people in your networks.


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Opening for a PhD-position in Gothenburg on LAPSSET

February 28th, 2017 No comments

The School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden is announcing a PhD-position at the Department within the recently granted research project on LAPSSET in Kenya. We are especially looking for a candidate from the region (experience from research in East Africa and knowledge of Kiswahili is a merit).

Please share the information if you know of anybody who may be qualified and interested.

For more details, please visit, http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/announcements-in-the-job-application-portal/?languageId=100001&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gu.se%2Fomuniversitetet%2Faktuellt%2Fledigaanstallningar%2F%3Fid%3D19144%26Dnr%3D830216%26Type%3DS&Dnr=830216&Type=S

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