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Science to Policy in the WIO Region

The UN Ocean Decade is shining the spotlight on the need for evidence-based …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Science Policy
Region: Western Indian Ocean
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Planning and conducting Co-Design

The co-design phase for the MeerWissen projects aims to build/support a partnership among …
Topic: Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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INDUCE

INDUCE focuses on assessing the functional diversity of commercially valuable fish species in …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries
Region: Atlantic Ocean
Project Status: in progress

Our Ocean – Our Responsibility

A world without the ocean is inconceivable. The ocean is the lung of the planet. The ocean generates oxygen to breathe and acts as climate regulator on the planet as it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and heat. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Last but not least marine fisheries provide the primary source of protein to over 50% of the population in least developed countries. Clearly, the future of humanity is directly linked to the fate of the ocean.

But our world’s ocean is more at risk than ever. Overfishing, habitat loss, climate change and pollution are only some of the threats affecting more than two billion people in coastal regions. It is our common responsibility to take fast and decisive action to address these challenges. Available, accessible, up-to-date science-based information and research agendas that meet the needs of decision-makers are needed for the health of our ocean and the well-being of coastal communities. Science4Ocean showcases African-German partnerships of the MeerWissen initiative, taking on some of the huge challenges we face in the UN Ocean Decade.

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The MeerWissen initiative

This video promotes the core of the initiative: establish scientific cross-regional “partnerships of …
Topic: Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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Impacts and successes

In the areas of development of new cooperation, contribution to networking, scientific or …
Topic: Science Policy
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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How to protect our ocean (if money weren’t an issue)

We have asked marine scientists: If money weren’t an issue, what would you …
Topic: Nature-based Solutions, Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries, Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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INDUCE

INDUCE focuses on assessing the functional diversity of commercially valuable fish species in …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries
Region: Atlantic Ocean
Project Status: in progress
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Co-Design in WIOGEN

Co-design aims to create a space where scientists and non-academic stakeholders work together, …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Western Indian Ocean
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Stakeholders

Meerwissen has reached the following stakeholders with various communication activities. These include publications …
Topic: Science Policy
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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MeerWissen – Promo Video

This video promotes MeerWissen to build strong partnerships for marine science that matters. …
Topic: Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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CoastWise

CoastWise is developing new data and methods for coastal assessment and planning in …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Science Policy
Region: Western Indian Ocean
Project Status: in progress
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Planning and conducting Co-Design

The co-design phase for the MeerWissen projects aims to build/support a partnership among …
Topic: Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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Science to Policy in the WIO Region

The UN Ocean Decade is shining the spotlight on the need for evidence-based …
Topic: Ocean Governance, Science Policy
Region: Western Indian Ocean
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Impact Story

Fishing Data East Africa (FiDEA)

Artisanal fisheries are crucial for the livelihoods of coastal communities in East Africa. …
Topic: Science Policy, Sustainable Fisheries
Region: Western Indian Ocean
Project Status: in progress

MeerWissen Community celebrated World Oceans Day 2022 with a field trip to Paje in Zanzibar.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media
In Senegal, fish is essential for food provision and job creation. The project INDUCE investigates the function that each fish species has within an ecosystem to promote a sustainable blue economy.
© Agostino Merico
Without strong conservation efforts, African penguin populations face extinction. The project Penguins works on optimising conservation policies and assesses the health of penguin colonies.

© DG Roberts

Policymakers from the Western Indian Ocean region, including the Zanzibar Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries, Suleiman Masoud Makame, took part at the MeerWissen network event alongside scientists. Involving stakeholders like politicians is crucial for a successful science-policy uptake.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media

Exchange and cooperation among scientists from different disciplines, is a goal of the MeerWissen initiative. That is why Co-design is at the core of the initiative.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media

Scientists from the MeerWissen projects picking up litter at the beach on the island of Zanzibar.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media

MeerWissen Community celebrated World Oceans Day 2022 with a field trip to Paje in Zanzibar.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media
In Senegal, fish is essential for food provision and job creation. The project INDUCE investigates the function that each fish species has within an ecosystem to promote a sustainable blue economy.
© Agostino Merico
Without strong conservation efforts, African penguin populations face extinction. The project Penguins works on optimising conservation policies and assesses the health of penguin colonies.

© DG Roberts

Policymakers from the Western Indian Ocean region, including the Zanzibar Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries, Suleiman Masoud Makame, took part at the MeerWissen network event alongside scientists. Involving stakeholders like politicians is crucial for a successful science-policy uptake.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media

Exchange and cooperation among scientists from different disciplines, is a goal of the MeerWissen initiative. That is why Co-design is at the core of the initiative.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media

Scientists from the MeerWissen projects picking up litter at the beach on the island of Zanzibar.

© Edwin Musiba/Salt Media