Science decision-makers dialogue for integrated coastal and marine zone management
Natural environments in the West Indian Ocean region are facing alarming rates of degradation due to human impacts on the environment. Recurring cyclones and extreme fluctuations between droughts and intense precipitation significantly affect communities. Despite the urgency of the situation, dialogue between decision-makers and civil society about sustainable coastal and ocean management has been largely ineffective.
To address these pressing issues, this project will encourage effective dialogue by strengthening the impact that scientific findings have on decision-makers. It focuses on three sites (islands and archipelagos, deltas and international waters, and deep sea and seamounts) in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania. The project’s main components are delivering innovative tools and methodologies to West Indian Ocean decision-makers at all levels from local to regional; training experts who can advise local decision-makers; and awareness-raising, education, and partnership with civil society.
This project will empower decision-makers and communities by providing the scientific knowledge needed to inform policy dialogues and socio-economic developments such as sustainable infrastructure design, disaster-risk management strategies, and fishery resources management. Training for young scientists and local decision-makers will also create jobs and ensure long-term sustainable growth.