“Sea Around Us: Research and Collaboration in West Africa” Opening Session – July 25, 2016

July 12, 2016

The Sea Around Us announces the first capacity building workshop funded by the MAVA Foundation (Switzerland) under the project “Sea Around Us: Research and Collaboration in West Africa” to be held at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) from July 25 to August 5, 2016. Sixteen participants from 6 countries (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) will follow a customized training program that answers to the priorities in the region, after which they are expected to produce a research paper.

This project began in 2012, and under Dyhia Belhabib’s lead, it addressed the lack of solid catch data in the region, and issues such as illegal fishing. The project works now with many governments, and non-governmental organizations, both at the national and regional levels in West Africa. Its success granted the Sea Around Us a further 2 years to allow for the update of catch reconstructions and the use of the data for local management initiatives, while ensuring the long term viability of these efforts through local capacity building. In addition to the many workshops held in West Africa, this capacity building workshop  will contribute to ensuring management efforts are sustainable in the future and that the leadership becomes local, and the local expertise becomes increasingly internationally recognized.

To welcome the participants and give the IOF an opportunity to meet the participants, who will introduce themselves and their research, you are invited to the opening session at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25 in Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102 for the official welcome by both the IOF Director and the Sea Around Us, and a brief presentation by each participant, followed by a pizza lunch in AERL 107 for those who attend the presentations.

Please RSVP by noon Wednesday July 20 via the Doodle below if you plan to attend the opening presentations and the lunch. You must RSVP by July 20 to attend the lunch: http://doodle.com/poll/3dpwfzsd8pkke3id

If you have questions, please contact Dyhia Belhabib (d.belhabib@oceans.ubc.ca).

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