Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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Activities

Based on its objectives, the C&C P is divided into the same five components:

i) Building a knowledge base. Both the ‘open’ and ‘commissioned’ competitive research grants will be used for research support on cities and coasts. Country-specific (case studies) proposals will also be invited to address priority regional issues.

ii) Building capacity for improved management of coastal cities. Under the C&C P capacity development will be addressed in a holistic manner through the following activities:

  • Grants for the organization of training courses, workshops and writing workshops. Organization of training courses and workshops is an important activity for strengthening research and management capacity, particularly in areas where capacity is still inadequate;
  • In collaboration with the GEF-UNEP WIO-SAP Project, organize regional workshops aiming at building capacity for water quality management;
  • Organization of capacity for impact workshops. These workshops aim at strengthening the capacity for development of strategies and activities for research impact.

iii) Knowledge uptake and actions. This component will aim at synthesizing research results from different sources and developing them into information packages, knowledge products, and decision-support tools for different stakeholders. To enhance the uptake of knowledge, the Programme will undertake innovative activities aiming at improving the engagement between scientists, policy-makers and practitioners. Planned activities under this component include:

  • Supporting technical working groups and networks;
  • Identify and implement proven solutions to improve the engagement between scientists, policy-makers and practitioners.

iv) Influencing policy and practice. WIOMSA will continue to work at the intersection of science and policy to ensure that science is integrated into regional policy development and that relevant policies take into account both scientific knowledge and the needs of science. WIOMSA will continue to promote dialogue and shared understanding between the scientific community, policy makers, and society more broadly.

This component will include all those activities aiming at linking science to management, governance and policy processes at different levels, industry, and technological innovation. The planned activities include:

  • WIOMSA working with the Nairobi Convention, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and selected coastal cities to set up a baseline for target 11.6 (by 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality, municipal and other waste management) and track progress over time.

v) Transforming to a sustainable organization. WIOMSA recognises that to remain a relevant and sustainable organisation it is necessary to diversify in order to address key emerging issues. The C&CI will form part of that process of diversification. Working at a regional scale and on a new theme requires collaboration with researchers, practitioners and policy makers who have been active on issues relating to cities and coasts. Special efforts will be directed towards establishing working partnerships with ICLEI and UN-Habitat, amongst others.

vi) Cross-Cutting Issue. Knowledge Dissemination and Communication is cross-cutting throughout the MASMA Programme and will be integrated into all the components of the C&CI. Further, the following activities are planned under this component:

  • Organization of a Regional Cities and Coasts Science Conference.
  • Production of policy briefs and awareness materials specifically relating to cities and coasts.