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WIOMSA Policy Brief:Bridging the gap between science, management and decision-making

Policies guides decision-making of politicians and resource managers. Policies can also become entrenched in legislation. Policy-making often follow a cycle involving bringing an issue to the attention of policy makers (agenda setting), defining the different options to address that issue (formulation, based on data, information and knowledge), implementing actions to achieve goals (implementation); and assessing […]
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Preparing for Climate Change – A Climate Development Future for Coastal Kenya

Climate Compatible Development (CCD) refers to an integrated development strategy that takes the threat posed by climate change seriously. In the words of the originators of the term it is “development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising the many human development opportunities presented by a low emissions, more resilient, future” (Mitchell […]
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Global markets and local livelihoods of coastal communities in Kenya Implications for sustainable management

The inshore coral reef fisheries are considered overexploited but marine fish production may still be sustained if fishing effort is directed to exploit the deep sea pelagic fisheries that have not been fully exploited due to inadequate technology and equipment. Aquaculture production with focus on prawns and sea cucumber may also be considered to reduce […]
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Fishers´ migration along the Kenyan coast Implications for management of coastal fisheries

This policy brief has been developed following a regional research project designed to compile data on fishers’ movements, the drivers behind these movements and the impacts on host communities. The research was commissioned by the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) programme, under WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association), to investigate fishers’ migrations within and […]
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Sharing Benefits from the Coast: tourism and links to small-scale fisheries in Mozambique

Coastal resources in Mozambique are vital for local coastal communities, many of whom live in abject poverty. These resources also hold significant value for a number of different sectors, many of which supply expanding global consumer markets. Although these activities provide many opportunities for economic development and income generation, global patterns indicate growing levels of […]
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Sharing Benefits from the Coast in South Africa

Coastal resources in South Africa are vital for local coastal communities, many of whom live in abject poverty. These resources also hold significant value for a number of different sectors such as mining, fisheries, forestry and tourism, many of which supply expanding global consumer markets. Although these activities provide many opportunities for economic development and […]
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Promoting Collaborative Management of small-scale fisheries in the tropics

Some 200 million people depend on fisheries for some part of their livelihoods. An overwhelmingly proportion of these are in developing countries, where the capacity of national governments to effectively manage fisheries is challenged by insufficient human and financial capital. This frequently leads to weak governance. These governance constraints can often lead to overfishing, and […]
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Sharing Benefits from the Coast: tourism and links to small-scale fisheries in Mozambique

Coastal resources in Mozambique are vital for local coastal communities, many of whom live in abject poverty. These resources also hold significant value for a number of different sectors, many of which supply expanding global consumer markets. Although these activities provide many opportunities for economic development and income generation, global patterns indicate growing levels of […]
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Achieving MPA Management Effectiveness Through Competence-based Professional Development

This brief aims to engage Directors of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in East Africa in ensuring their staff have the right skills, right level of competence in those skills, and the knowhow to apply these skills to more effectively manage MPAs. This requires recognized standards in key competency areas against which staff capacity should be […]
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