Coral Communities in the Seychelles – Training Opportunities

November 20th, 2016 No comments

The Earthwatch (an international NGO based in the UK – ) will again be running two training teams (Teams 1 & 2) on coral reef conservation monitoring and community research programme, Coral Communities in the Seychelles Project in in April/May 2017.

The exact dates are yet to be confirmed but we will be sending out the confirmed dates and further detailed information about these opportunities and application forms next month. Please share this information with your networks where appropriate and anyone who you may like to nominate. If you would like to receive further information about the application process, please get in touch with me directly. The deadline for submissions will be in January.

These are fully funded fellowship places (including travel to and from the site) open to early career conservationists and would be of interest to students and/or staff members looking to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Team 1 will be based on Curieuse Island and will involve collecting and analysing data from within the marine park. There are three spaces available on this team and the successful candidates will be joined by a mix of corporate employees from Mitsubishi Corporation, early career conservationists and divers from within the Indian Ocean Region. This is an excellent opportunity for any accomplished diver and keen conservationist to develop hands-on field research skills within a marine environment.  It is also a great opportunity to connect with a truly diverse and international group of individuals coming from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

On Team 2 the research focuses on the socio-economic aspects of the programme and looks at the effects that climate change and unsustainable fishing has on local coastal communities. The team  will be based on Praslin Island in the Seychelles and will bring together early career conservationists and environmentalists from within the African and Indian Ocean region looking to hone their research management and delivery skills from a social sciences perspective. This training is part of Earthwatch’ Capacity Development Programme which aims to deliver relevant training to local conservationists in Africa, Asia and Middle East.

If you are interested in learning more about these training places and would like to receive further information please contact, Katherine McGavin (

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IOI Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management 2017

November 11th, 2016 No comments

The International Ocean Institute (IOI) is pleased to announce its annual Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management that will be held in Dalhousie, Canada from 24th May – 21st July, 2017.

The application deadline is 1st January 2017.

Download the Course Announcement and the application form. For more information about the training, please visit,

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Exeter International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research Ref: 2461

November 2nd, 2016 No comments

Exeter University in United Kingdom are offering up to 20 PhD scholarships for international students.

See details below and in this link:

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Call for African Science Leadership Programme 2017: Deadline 16 December!

November 2nd, 2016 No comments

The call for the third round of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) is open.

The ASLP aims to train fellows in advanced leadership skills, connecting and empowering them to lead a new paradigm for African science. The inaugural and second round of the programme exceeded all our expectations and we look forward to build on this success and network.

We invite applications from excellent early- to mid-career researchers in all disciplines including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.

We hope that many of you would consider applying. Please also spread the call as widely as possible.

Download the call and application form directly or can be downloaded here:

The deadline is 16 December 2016.

For further information, please contact the programme coordinator, Smeetha Singh: 

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APPLY: Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Biodiversity Media Grant for Media Organizations 2017

November 2nd, 2016 No comments

The Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has created the Biodiversity Media Grant Opportunity to support journalism networks and media organizations throughout the world in increasing the capacity of media to cover critical issues of conservation and biodiversity. The Biodiversity Media Grant Opportunity is designed to support the awareness- or capacity-building around biodiversity and conservation, network building, content production around these issues, or creating digital or other media outlets.

The deadline for submission of application is 23 December 2017.

For more details about the Grant, please visit,


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Marine Fisheries in Tanzania: getting hooked on business opportunities

November 2nd, 2016 No comments

Lately, there has been a lot of attention for development in aquaculture in East-Africa and the fisheries sector in the Great Lakes Region is flourishing. Nevertheless, there are plenty of fish in the sea. The Agricultural Counselor in Kenya and Tanzania is therefore conducting a scoping study into the possible development of marine fisheries in both countries. The main goal is to identify business opportunities that promote sustainable trade.

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Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: First Announcement and Call for Abstracts

November 1st, 2016 1 comment

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) and the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries (DASF) [both of the University of Dar es Salaam] and the Tanzania Fisheries Institute (TAFIRI) are pleased to announce the Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium which will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from the 30 October – 4 November 2017.

The week is divided into the following:

  • The Tenth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium – 30th October to 1st November 2017. This component will include: keynote presentations, oral and poster presentations.
  • Specially convened sessions and roundtable discussions – 2nd November 2017
  • WIOMSA General Assembly – 3rd November 2017
  • Excursions and tours to different places of interest – 4th November 2017.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28th April 2017.

For more information, download the full announcement.

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A publication on Case Studies on Climate Change and African Coastal Fisheries is out!

October 31st, 2016 No comments

The publication on “Case studies on climate change and African coastal fisheries: a vulnerability analysis and recommendations for adaptation options,” is out. The publication was edited by Jim Anderson and Timothy Andrew and produced by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)–FAO Fish Programme (NFFP) Component C (FMM/GLO/003/MUL) and the FAO’s EAF-Nansen Project. The objective of this publication is to investigate the nature of the impacts of climate change on four case study fisheries in Africa, to gauge the vulnerability of their corresponding social-ecological systems and to identify current and potential coping mechanisms/strategies and biophysical and social characteristics/attributes that increase resilience to these impacts. The case studies were selected according to a set of criteria defined by the NFFP and the EAF-Nansen Project.

WIOMSA coordinated four specialist authors who were asked to produce case studies on small-scale fisheries in different parts of Africa.

The publication is available online.

Call for applications: Workshop on Assessment of Management Effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs)

October 13th, 2016 No comments

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is inviting submission of applications to attend a “Assessment of Management Effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs): a workshop to identify appropriate regional approaches and methodologies, and to integrate these with ongoing initiatives to build management capacity in the Western Indian Ocean”, that will be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 5 to 9 December 2016.

The aim of the workshop is therefore to help build capacity for understanding and using MEAs as a means to improve MPA management, building on earlier and current initiatives.  It will also be used to identify appropriate approaches and methodologies that could be disseminated through the region and will provide a calibration of progress in MEA in the WIO and will provide an opportunity to share challenges and lessons learned. The course will cover all types of MPAs, included community-managed sites and LMMAs.

The 5-day workshop will bring together 22 MPA managers, technical officers and practitioners from across the WIO who have experience with MEA, as well as those who wish to initiate MEAs at their sites and need support and knowledge.  The course will be practical and interactive using tailor-made and relevant existing material.  Participants will be requested to bring information about their MPAs, such as management plans, indicators and monitoring plans, and reports from their research, monitoring or management work.

Deadline for completed applications: 24 October 2016.

Please download the application form and submit it to by email to Nyawira Muthiga ( and cc to Sue Wells (

For more details, please read the full announcement.

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OTGA-KMFRI Training Course: Repositories, Communication & Outreach and OceanDocs: Call for applications!

October 13th, 2016 No comments

The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and Ocean Teacher Global Academy (TGA) in collaboration with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) are organizing a “OTGA-KMFRI Training Course: Repositories, Communication & Outreach and Ocean Docs” to be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 21-25 November 2016.

This course will explore important repository aspects and address issues faced by those intending or implementing and managing their own repository or using the open, free, secure and permanent marine science thematic repository (OceanDocs). Communication & Outreach tools sessions will discuss and offer practical experience of creating websites and social media. An OceanDocs workshop will demonstrate and explore the benefits of joining the OceanDocs Community of depositors and users.

The deadline for submission of application is 30 October 2016.

Please complete the online application form at

For more details, please visit,

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