Nairobi Convention is happy to announce that Applications are now open for the second training course on community based restoration, adaptation, management and governance approaches for mangrove ecosystems of the Western Indian Ocean Region: to be held at the Centre of Marine Sciences, Moana, University of Nairobi Diani, Kenya from 17 – 28th May 2016.
To download the course brochure, which includes a list of the climate-related topics to be taught, and to apply please follow this link:
Deadline for applications: 6 March 2016
The first course, supported by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association (WIOMSA) through its Marine Science for Management (MASMA) programme, was successfully held in Kenya in 2013 and supported 24 participants from the WIO region (http://inweh.unu.edu/mangrove-wio-region/).
This 10 day Second Training Course is jointly implemented by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), with Annemalai University (India) and regional partners: WIO Mangrove Network (WMN), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Wetlands International, Institute for Marine Sciences University of Dar es Salaam, Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean (CORDIO), IUCN ‘Resilient Coast Initiative’, University of Nairobi, Nairobi Convention, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) “Coastal East Africa Initiative” (CEA-NI).
Mangrove forests provide a wide array of ecosystem goods and services that support the livelihoods of millions of people in the Western India Ocean (WIO) region via fisheries production, provision of timber & fuel wood, coastal zone protection and biodiversity habitat. Mangroves also play a pivotal role in mitigating the effects of climate change and the global role of mangroves as carbon sinks has become more appreciated as they have been found to sequester about five times more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests (Danoto,et al.(2012). In addition, healthy mangroves are effective at erosion reduction, wave attenuation, sediment accretion, which is of high importance for shoreline protection against rising sea levels and the increasing frequency and strength of extreme weather events.
The course is intended to strengthen knowledge and skills of coastal managers, academics, professionals, and institutions that work with mangroves in the WIO region and enable them to share knowledge and experiences.
It aims to create a network of professionals or community of practice advocating the long-term goal of developing an agreement on ‘best management practices’ for mangrove ecosystems management and wise use. Participants need to have a Bachelors level education or comparable experience in management agency or NGO context.