Media Releases from the ASCLME Project
ASCLME-SWIOFP Joint Steering Committee Meetinghot! 09/26/2011 Hits: 944
NOAA ASCLME Partnership Announcedhot! 09/13/2010 Hits: 3918
Nine countries in East Africa stand to reap significant benefits from a partnership agreement that was formally adopted today between the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States.
This agreement formalises and strengthens the already constructive working relationship between the two organisations and lays the groundwork for them to comprehensively improve the collection, interpretation and dissemination of information relating to the understanding of marine and coastal environment of the western Indian Ocean.
This information will, in turn, strengthen the environmental relationship between the nine countries that share the marine resources of the region. The countries are Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozamibique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania. They are working together through the ASCLME Project to effectively and sustainably manage shared marine resources through an ecosystem-based approach.
“NOAA has a long standing history and commitment to the development and advancement of Large Marine Ecosystem projects globally,” explains Dr David Vousden, Director of the ASCLME Project which is holding its annual steering committee meeting outside Dar es Salaam this week.
“The partnership agreement will lead to enhanced cooperation between the two organisations, resulting in the realisation of a number of shared objectives.”
“NOAA is excited to be working in partnership with the ASCLME Project to enable the advancement of environmental management goals of the region and its countries,” said Dr Murawski.
“The Agulhas and Somali currents have a major influence on the marine ecosystem and resources of the Western Indian Ocean and as such the people and economies of the region who rely on those resources and services. It is apparent that there are gaps in understanding of many elements of the ecosystem, including fisheries dynamics and population assessment, the oceanographic and ecosystem processes that drive these dynamics, biodiversity and other components of the ASCLME system, including socio-economic factors. We look forward to working with the ASCLME project to fill those gaps.”
The ASCLME Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Over the past three years, the Project has succeeded in building valuable partnerships with a range of international organisations with a view to meeting its objective of strengthening marine and coastal resource management in the western Indian Ocean region. Partnerships have been forged with NOAA, the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP), the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the French research agency, IRD, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
The ASCLME Project’s steering committee meeting and that of its sister project, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), are being hosted by the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel, near Dar es Salaam, from 13 to 17 September.
“We are grateful to the Tanzanian Government for hosting this significant meeting and we look forward to working closely with our many partners, both regional and international,” said Dr Vousden.
Scifest 2010 : Adopt a Drifterhot! 03/27/2010 Hits: 6299
The GEF/UNDP ASCLME Project, based in Grahamstown, South Africa, is poised to launch a pilot project aimed at involving South African learners in ocean science. In partnership with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Project is developing a South African curriculum-focused “Adopt a Drifter Programme” (ADP).
Comoros Launch (English)hot! 11/02/2009 Hits: 6439
Under the auspices of the Vice Presidency in charge of the Ministry for Agriculture, Fishing and Environment, Energy, Industry and Craft industry, senior representatives of the government of the Comoros and scientists will go to meet the research vessel, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, on Monday November 2, 2009 in port of Mutsamudu, Anjouan...
Comoros Launch / Lancement du Project dans les Comores (Français)hot! 11/02/2009 Hits: 6749
Sous la supervision de la Vice Présidence en charge du Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche et de l’Environnement, de l’Energie, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat, des représentants hauts placés du gouvernement des Comores et des scientifiques se rendront à bord du navire de recherche, le Dr Fridtjof Nansen, le lundi 2 novembre 2009 au port de Mutsamudu Anjouan...