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Project Report: Workshop on Geospatial Technology Applied to Smart and Sustainable Coastal Cities. 2-7 December, 2019

The training course aimed at increasing the capacity in the application of geospatial tools in SSCC context; and demonstrating the existing and emerging decision support technology and tools, the workshop covered the following topics: 1. Understanding Smart Sustainable Coastal Cities and Smart Technologies 2. Identifying and mapping urban growth patterns and urban expansion trajectories 3. […]
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Regional training workshop on use of constructed wetlands technology for wastewater treatment, Mombasa, Kenya. 18-22 November 2019

The training aimed at 1) giving participants the knowledge and skills to perform basic wetland design and critically assess existing wetlands or wetland proposals and 2) establishing a network of scientists and managers with interests in utilizing CWSs for wastewater management in the region. The course objectives were to raise and enhance awareness on the status and impacts […]
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Experiences Of Periodic Closures In Small-scale Invertebrate Fisheries

Periodic closures, which are also known as temporary, short-term, rotational, periodically harvested, or non-permanent closures, temporarily ban the harvesting of marine resources in specific areas (Cohen and Foale, 2013). Use of such closures is increasing in community-based management initiatives across the Indo-Pacific and is supported by a growing evidence base (Cinner et al. , 2006; Bartlett et al. […]
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Course Report – Communicating The Findings Of Research To Policy Makers In The Western Indian Ocean Region. 04 – 08 April 2016

It is expected that the training course will facilitate adaptive governance of marine resources which include among others, the development of policies based on well proven scientific results. This can be achieved if effective communication mechanisms between science and policy are set in place. The purpose of this workshop was to train participants on the […]
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Workshop Report – Scaling success in octopus fisheries management in the Western Indian Ocean

The past decade has seen a proliferation of management efforts targeting small-scale fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Many measures have focused on building local capacity for management of reef octopus (Octopus cyanea) and several fisheries have undergone pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) environmental standard. Recent years have seen a growing interest […]
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Workshop Report – Regional data analysis and scientific writing workshop based on demersal fish trawl surveys and rapid bycatch assessment datasets from Kenya and Tanzania

The workshop was officially opened by Prof Kaunda-Arara (the convener) who welcomed the participants. Members introduced themselves by giving their names and roles in the concluded South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) cruises that generated the data which formed the subject of the workshop. The convener went through the agenda and programme for the […]
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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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Course Report – Advanced course on Scientific Tools for Coastal Biodiversity Assessments. 2-14 December 2014

The central course objective is to provide trainees a better knowledge for scientific research planning and delivery of standard quality scientific results in coastal biodiversity assessments. Course specific objectives The specific objectives of the course are: 1)to strengthen concepts of scientific method in Marine and Coastal Ecology, such as questioning and formulation of hypotheses, and […]
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Workshop Report – Regional capacity building through advanced data analysis and writing of scientific publications based on recent deep-water crustacean trawl surveys in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar Monday 25th – Friday 29th November 2013

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), through its Marine and Coastal Science for Management (MASMA) programme provided funding for a project to analyse data and publish / disseminate results emanating from four deep-water crustacean trawl surveys undertaken in 2011 and 2012 by the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP). The aims of […]
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Workshop Report – Community based aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean: Challenges faced and lessons learned. 9 -11 December 2013, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Community based aquaculture (CBA) is seen as an important Alternative Income Generating Activity (AIGA) for marine resource dependent coastal communities, and has attracted considerable attention from governments, international donors, and social entrepreneurs as well as conservation and development agencies. As a result, CBA projects have undergone global expansion, and their rapid growth throughout the Western […]
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