TICAD VI: Embracing Blue Economy for Africa’s Accelerated Development

August 27th, 2016 No comments

The Blue Economy discussions have accelerated since Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22, 2012. A “Blue Economy” approach to sustainable growth usuall… y recognizes different use and non-use values of ocean and other “blue” resources. It promotes the coordination of relevant activities and industries to enhance the overall value. 

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Call for applications Training of trainers in MPA law in the Western Indian Ocean

July 28th, 2016 No comments

The Biodiversity Project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Training of trainers in MPA law in the Western Indian Ocean. The Training will be held in two sessions:

i)  In Seychelles from 26 to 30 September 2016. This course will be conducted in English, and will draw participants from Kenya, Mauritius and Tanzania.

ii)  In Madagascar from 31 October to 4 November 2016. This course will be conducted in French and draw on participants from Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius.

The purpose of this TOT is to build the capacity of nationals from the project targeted countries for an improved understanding of the importance of MPA related laws and their implementation including enforcement and governance arrangements. This goal is to be achieved by training a batch of professionals from the MPA / environmental sector, the line Ministries, relevant departments in Universities, and from the legal profession – in environmental laws relating to marine protected areas.  Once empowered, the intention is for the beneficiaries of the training to be able to train a wider range of stakeholders.

The deadlines for applications are 31 August 2016 (Seychelles course) and 15 September 2016 (Madagascar course).

Download the full announcement in English and in French.

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The latest Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out!

July 11th, 2016 No comments

The June Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out, with interesting articles written by different authors. This Issue contains articles on a publication on SWIOFP results, development of mariculture in the region; sharing experiences of co-management of small-scale fisheries and description of the recently approved MASMA projects. Also included are summaries of workshops/meetings/courses organized between April and June 2016, which were on Blue Solutions, Marine Protected Areas management and mangrove ecology and management. The last article is on Social Network analysis.

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AFRICAN MARINE WASTE NETWORK: Towards a Marine Waste Strategy for Africa

June 24th, 2016 No comments

The Sustainable Sea Trust (SST) in collaboration with its partners are inviting all those interested to attend the launch of the African Marine Waste Network in the evening of 25th July 2016. The launch will be held in the South Campus Auditorium at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Download a note about the first planning workshop “Towards a Strategy for Marine Waste in Africa” which will take place during the day of 25th July (i.e. before the launch in the evening).


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Most biodiverse countries spending the least on conservation, study finds

June 21st, 2016 No comments

Countries that contain most of the world’s species biodiversity are also spending the least on a per-person basis to protect these natural assets, according to scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland. The authors also noted that spending appears to be associated with the country’s social and governance organization.

The study titled “Geography of Conservation Spending, Biodiversity, and Culture” appears in the latest edition of Conservation Biology. The authors are: Tim McClanahan of WCS and Peter Rankin of the University of Queensland.

Using open-source data from several international and research organizations, the authors found that cultural factors, such as individuality, defined as self-sufficiency, the equality of the society, and the strength of the rule-of-law governance organization are associated with relative spending on conservation activities. The problem is that countries spending the most are not located where the species diversity is most concentrated, which could undermine efforts to protect most the world’s biodiversity unless spending and policies change.

Read the full article from http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/wcs-mbc062016.php.

Interdisciplinary Summer School on “Vulnerability of Coral Reefs Heritage” EEA VuLPaRE second edition, Toliara (Madagascar) 7-18 November 2016: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

June 20th, 2016 No comments

Madagascar Institute of Marine Sciences (Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines - IH.SM) and the French Research Institute for Development  (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement – IRD) are organizing the second summer school on Vulnerability of Coral Reef Heritage to be held in Toliara (Madagascar) from 7 to 18 November 2016.

The EEA VulPaRe summer school is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and has as main objective an interdisciplinary work on issues associated with the vulnerability of the coral reef heritage. This topic will be explored from a specific case study from Toliara region (southwestern part of Madagascar) that will bring together different ecological, economic or social problems. The  case study will serve as a funding base for an interdisciplinary joint reflection. The Summer School will bring together experts and participants ranging from anthropology, economics, marine biology, ecology,  law, geography etc. in order to discuss coral reef importance, current threats and heritage value. An important place will be also given to the local governance system and the local conservation practices. The summer school will offer an interdisciplinary approach to the notion of coral reef heritage and on different methodological skills that may be used for research or conservation practices, particularly during the fieldwork activities to be done on the south western coast of Madagascar.

The deadline for applications is 15th July 2016. Decision will be made by 15th August 2016.

For details of how to apply, financial support, programme information, course materials and testimonials of the participants of the first summer school edition (Toliara 2014), please read the attached call for applications (French version). The total number of participants will be limited to 20. Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, coming from different disciplines,  interested into interdisciplinary research and working on coral reefs.

The working language of the summer school will be French; therefore a sufficient understanding of French language is required but participants will be able to express themselves in English.

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For any question or issue please write to: eea.vulpare@ird.fr.

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Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

June 17th, 2016 No comments

Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of a radical new approach to conservation.

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe, and discovered 15 ‘bright spots’ – places where, against all the odds, there were a lot more fish on coral reefs than expected.

“Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally, we were really excited to find these bright spots that were doing much better than we anticipated,” says lead author Professor Josh Cinner from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

“These ‘bright spots’ are reefs with more fish than expected based on their exposure to pressures like human population, poverty, and unfavourable environmental conditions.

“To be clear, bright spots are not necessarily pristine reefs, but rather reefs that have more fish than they should, given the pressures they face.

“We wanted to know why these reefs could ‘punch above their weight’ so-to-speak, and whether there are lessons we can learn about how to avoid the degradation often associated with overfishing.”

Read the full press release from http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/acoe-bss061416.php


Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen (Germany) Fellowship in Tropical Coastal Marine Research: Call for Applications for 2016

June 10th, 2016 No comments

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre; www.namstct.org) is pleased to invite applications from suitable candidates for the Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen (Germany) Fellowship in Tropical Coastal Marine Research for the year 2016.

This Fellowship scheme was initiated in January 2008 for affiliation of the scientists from the developing countries with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany [www.zmt-bremen.de] for a period of up to 3 months to work with its senior researchers and faculty members for upgrading research skills in the fields related to Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Modelling and Tropical Coastal Marine Systems and undertaking short-term joint research projects. Depending on the research topic, the Fellows can also benefit from the ZMT’s association with the Marine Science Institute of Bremen University, Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology and the MARUM Research Centre in Bremen.

Under this scheme, the NAM S&T Centre sponsors up to five scientists each year. Only one scientist can be selected from any given developing country. While the Centre covers the international airfare of the Fellows from its member countries, ZMT provides a monthly subsistence allowance of 1250 Euros to meet the accommodation and other expenses in Bremen.

Applications recommended by the parent institution of the applicant and endorsed by the Focal Point of the NAM S&T Centre in the country may be submitted to the Centre by email in the relevant format.

The last date for submitting application for the Fellowship is Friday 8th July 2016.

The selection will be made strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ZMT. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website www.namstct.org). May you please be read the guideline carefully before making the application.

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The race to become East Africa’s biggest port

June 9th, 2016 No comments

Kenya and Tanzania have long competed to have the most important port in East Africa and their rivalry is about to become more intense as they compete for the region’s business, writes Neil Ford.

The Kenyan port of Mombasa and Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port are the traditional competitors but the Kenyan government is now planning a huge new port at Lamu, while Tanzania is developing Bagamoyo.

Read the full article from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36458946

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June 9th, 2016 No comments

This 12 minute documentary shows Kenya’s commitment to the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2, 2015-2020). It explains the importance of the Ocean to all life on Earth. It also shows the close partnership between the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Kenya Marine and Fishereies Research Institute (KMFRI) who jointly organized a workshop onboard the RV Mtafiti between 18-28 April 2016 as contribution to the IIOE2 and to prepare scientists from the Western Indian Ocean (from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, and India) for IIOE2.

View the video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQQBP3M-YUs

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