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Impacts and successes

In the areas of development of new cooperation, contribution to networking, scientific or development programmes and influence on policy decisions, some concrete results have been achieved:
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New cooperation
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contribution to networking, scientific or development programs
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Impact and influence
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New cooperation

New cooperation refer to attraction of new partners, establishment of networks, close cooperation and the establishment of working groups.

Example FIDEA: 
The MeerWissen project FIDEA has successfully linked policy makers and research institutes within the fishery sector with the support of regional and international partnerships, such as the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Linking with the FAO enabled the project partners to conduct an extensive review of the fisheries information system in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mozambique and gave the opportunity for the countries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region to review and submit their first report on the progress towards SDG 14.4.1. Through this process, FIDEA worked closely with the FAO to facilitate communication and coordination at the national level between research and management institutions on technical matters relevant to SDG 14.4.

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contribution to networking, scientific or development programs

Policy- and Decisionmakers refer to representatives of national and local authorities, ministries, national agencies, maritime decision makers, fisheries managers and regional fisheries commission

Example WIOGEN:
To engage with a wide range of stakeholders, the Western Indian Ocean Governance Exchange network (WIOGEN) reached out to researchers and policy makers in established professional networks to encourage them to join WIOGEN. WIOGEN has managed to fund four network exchanges of WIOGEN members to workshops and conferences of partner organizations, for example Small-Scale Fisheries including local actors, such as fishermen, fish traders, community conservation groups and civil society members, and the African dialogue on Ocean Accounting. The WIOGEN co-leads brought the network fully into the digital sphere, staging six virtual trainings and webinars on issues such as science communication via social media, producing policy briefs, stakeholder engagement, and ocean accounts.

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Impact and influence on policy-making

Impact and influence on policy-making refer to platforms for policy makers, harmonized information system, ocean governance strategy, integrated and ecosystem-based management approach and joint working group on information exchange.

Example NeDiT:
The MeerWissen project “New Digital Technologies for Marine Biodiversity Data Handling in East Africa – Data Linking People” (NeDiT) has successfully improved the specificity and resolution of marine biodiversity data in East Africa. More than 3300 species have been collated in a database which is made available to policy-makers in Tanzania and potentially the wider Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. NeDit impacted the Nairobi Convention by submitting a publication on biodiversity data handling  to the Nairobi Convention Science-Policy Paper Series. This has resulted in a draft of an information management strategy for the WIO region under the Western Indian Ocean Governance Initiative following the Nairobi Convention CoP decision 10.5.

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The MeerWissen initiative

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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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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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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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How to protect our ocean (if money weren’t an issue)

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Topic: Nature-based Solutions, Science Policy, Sustainable Blue Economy, Sustainable Fisheries, Transdisciplinarity & Co-Design
Region: Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean
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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
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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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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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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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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