Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa – GMES & Africa: Open Call for Proposals

May 24th, 2017 No comments

The African Union Commission invites proposals from interested and eligible African institutions for the implementation of the GMES & Africa Support Programme with the following specific objectives:

  • Consolidating, extending and developing applications for the Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services to adequately provide information to policymakers, scientists, businesses and the public on real time basis,
  • Strengthening regional and national capacities to generate and apply EO-based and in-situ information for Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services,
  • Raising public awareness on the critical role of Earth Observation in sustainable development; and
  • Developing a framework for promoting intra-African collaboration and open access to data for Water and Natural Resources and the Marine & Coastal Areas Services. 

The full Guidelines for Applicants, Application form and other supporting documents are available for downloading from

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, August, 21  2017 at 17:00 hours, Addis Ababa time (GMT + 3).

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Western Indian Ocean Regional Training workshop on ‘Introduction to R Programming’

May 17th, 2017 4 comments

Macquarie University in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society are organizing a Regional Training Course on Introduction R programming, that will be held in Dar es Salaam, Republic of Tanzania from 27-29 October 2017. Applications are invited from the qualified applicants from all the countries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

The ‘Introduction to R Programming’ training workshop is a hands-on three-day event that will cover the core skills to help the attendees climb the steep learning curve by teaching them how to use R programming to explore data from a variety of sources and by building inferential models and generating publication quality charts, graphs, and other data representations. The 3-day training course will be for newcomers to R and will be aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers from the WIO region.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please fill out the application form and together with your CV, e-mail them to and copy to The application deadline is 30th June 2017. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible because we will be making some selection decisions early, well before the deadline.

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Job Opportunities at Wildlife Conservation Society

May 11th, 2017 No comments

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Marine Conservationist to lead the implementation of its field-based marine conservation efforts in Tanzania. The position is based in Zanzibar (or possibly Dar -es Salaam), and will require travel throughout the Tanzanian coastline. The WCS Tanzania Marine Conservationist position is a full-time position. Interested candidates should send their CVs and a cover letter to and cc’ing before 24th May 2017.

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Also the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Shark and Ray Conservation Officer, who will work closely with the regional director, the country directors, and staff in New York marine program to plan, implement, provide advice on, and monitor WCS’s conservation activities. He/she will focus on building capacity within marine teams – particularly field based teams – within country programs to carry out shark and ray conservation work. He/she will also contribute to the development of a WCS regional action plan for shark and ray conservation and to fundraising activities. The location for the position is to be determined within the Southern Western Indian Ocean region, ideally Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, or Tanzania.

Interested candidates should send their CVs and cover letter to with copy to before 12 May 2017.

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Some – But Not All – Corals Adapting to Warming Climate

May 4th, 2017 No comments
  • WCS coral expert finds that some reefs were less sensitive to warming water over time
  • Eleven species became less while one species became more sensitive to temperature change
  • Study compares extremely warm years of 1998 and 2016
  • Study appears in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series

NEW YORK (May 2, 2017) – A new WCS study reveals evidence that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters potentially good news in the face of recent reports of global coral die offs due to extreme warm temperatures in 2016. The study appears in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

The study looked at responses to extreme temperature exposures in the same reefs over time, and found less coral bleaching in 11 of the 21 coral species studied. WCS Senior Conservation Zoologist Tim McClanahan, who has been studying coral responses to climate change since the extreme temperatures of the1998 El Nino, authored the study.

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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.

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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 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

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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:

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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:

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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: with the title of the position plus the reference as mail subject before 29 April 2017 at 05 PM.

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