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Mangrove Course Announcement

Deadline: 15 Sept 2013.

Applications are now open for a regional training course for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region on the biodiversity and management of mangrove ecosystems funded by WIOMSA and organized by the WIO Mangrove Network (WMN), in collaboration with- and support from the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the Coastal Oceans Research and Development -  Indian Ocean (CORDIO), University of Nairobi, Nairobi Convention, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) “Coastal East Africa Initiative” (CEA-NI)

Application forms (accessible by this link) should be sent via email or by sending hard copies to:

Ms. Lisa Benedetti
175 Longwood Road South, Suite 204
Hamilton, ON  L8P 0A1
Tel: +1 905 667 5484
Email: Lisa.Benedetti@unu.edu

Download The Application Form

Only applicants from the following countries will be accepted: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Republic of South Africa.

Due to the high number of applications only successful applicants will be contacted.

Mangrove Training Course Objectives:

  • To reinforce and increase the capacity of young professionals, academics, park rangers, managers and institutions in the WIO region to undertake characterization, monitoring, risk assessment, management and restoration of critical mangrove ecosystems;
  • To increase the awareness of the ecological roles, economic importance, and cultural significance of mangrove ecosystems;
  • To understand the impact of climate change and associated anthropogenic pressures on mangrove ecosystems and opportunities thereof.
  • To promote and encourage sharing of knowledge and experiences.

Dates: December 02, 2013 – December 12, 2013


The course will be held at the University of Nairobi (UoN) field research facility, Moana Station in Diani, Kenya and at KMFRI’s Mangrove Center in Gazi.

Target Audience:

We can support approx. 20 participants from throughout the WIO region. The course is intended to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of coastal managers, academics, professionals, and institutions that deal with mangroves. Participants should have a Bachelors level education or comparable experience in management agency or NGO context.

Topics Covered In The Course Include:

Biology, ecology, Faunal and Floral diversity, restoration and management tools, propagation, climate change adaptation, carbon sequestration, resilience, fisheries, communities and livelihoods, economics, field monitoring and assessment tools and laws and policies.

To view the tentative schedule for the Mangrove Course for the WIO Region, download the PDF here.

Selection Criteria

The training course would have approximately 20 participants from throughout the WIO region. The intended audience for this training are managers, academics, and institutions that deal with mangroves. Participants should have a Bachelors level education or comparable experience in management agency or NGO context. Course applications will be through the UNU INWEH course website. Selection criteria for participants include:

  • relevant academic background (coastal and marine issues) or relevant work experience
  • proficiency in English
  • institutionally well-grounded; ideally also able to replicate training
  • some research experience is preferred
  •  a reasonable justification for receiving a fellowship
  •  letter of support from employer
  • developing-country nationality

Age and gender are also noted.

To apply, download the application form here.


1. Jared Bosire: has a PhD in Marine Ecology and has worked at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute for the last 17 years. He is currently the Assistant Director for the Marine and Coastal Research Division at KMFRI. His passion all the while has been on mangrove ecology and conservation ranging from restoration ecology, ecosystem functioning, resource assessment, human impacts on mangrove ecosystems and more recently climate change impacts. He has been a PI of many national and regional projects as well as lead technical expert/consultant e.g. Lead Consultant on Impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts awarded by the E. African Wildlife Society; Mangrove Expert in “Climate Change Impacts to Madagascar’s Biodiversity & Livelihoods” team advising the Malagasy government on climate change strategy, vulnerability assessments, mitigation and adaptation and Lead Consultant/technical expert in the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Project on Coastal climate change mitigation and adaptation through REDD+ carbon programs in mangroves in Mozambique among others. Jared also led a WIO Mangrove Experts team in developing a state-of-the art model on the vulnerability of WIO mangroves to climate change and associated anthropogenic pressures, which will be published shortly. Additionally, Jared is the Coordinator of the WIO Mangrove Network.

2. Dr. K. Kathiresan is the Director of the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Sciences, at Annamalai University. He has over 29 years of teaching experience and has published 390 papers, 7 books, and was contributed as one among the 19 global scientists to identify the globally threatened species of mangroves based on IUCN criteria in the year 2010. Dr. Kathiresan discovered a new plant species in the mangrove forest. This is the only endemic species of mangroves in India and it is named after his university as Rhizophora annamalayana Kathir. Additionally, Dr. Kathiresan developed techniques for restoration of mangroves in degraded coast and demonstrated these techniques to work in the field along the south east coast – at Vellar estuary and in Pondicherry. He has received the Life Time Achievement Award for his contribution to marine microbiology, by Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists, Chennai.

3. Melita Samoilys has worked on coral reef research and management in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and in Sudan’s Red Sea since the early 1980s. Her particular areas of interest and experience are in fisheries, reproductive biology of groupers particularly spawning aggregations, coral reef fish diversity, marine protected areas, community – based coastal management and conservation and alternative livelihoods. She is co-Director of Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) based in Mombasa, Kenya.  CORDIO East Africa is a research organisation focused on conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean. CORDIO specialises in generating knowledge to find solutions that benefit both ecosystems and people. Melita’s Doctorate is from James Cook University, where she is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept of Marine Biology. She is a member of several international advisory bodies including two IUCN Species Specialist Groups: Groupers and Wrasses; Snappers Seabream and Grunts; the Institute for Water Environment & Health, United Nations University and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Developing World Working Group.

4. Hanneke Van Lavieren, from the Netherlands, was born in Zambia and has spent most of her life in Africa and Asia. She completed her Masters degree in Marine Biology and Ecology in 1997 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She began her career as a Fisheries Biologist for the Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research where she studied catch composition and population dynamics of target and non-target fish species in the Dutch beam trawl fishery and alternative fishing methods to reduce by-catch. Longing to return to the tropics, she took up a position as (coastal/marine) Technical Advisor for a conservation project in the Philippines for the Netherlands Development Agency in 1999. Here she worked closely with local communities, conducted extensive coastal monitoring and training activities, and developed an integrated coastal management plan. In 2001, she moved to Kenya to join the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Seas Programme, where she dealt with issues such as small islands, MPAs, coastal biodiversity, cetacean management, mangroves, climate change, and marine invasive species within 18 regional programmes. Since September 2006, she has been working for UNU-INWEH, and together with Dr. Peter Sale manages and coordinates coastal projects including work on mangrove ecosystems.

5. Dr. Virginia Wang’ondu is a  researcher  and a lecturer  in  Microbiology and Marine Botany  at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi for the last  nine years. She has vast experience in marine plant ecology specializing in mangrove phenology and productivity.  She has worked both in the South and North coast regions of the Kenyan coast in collaboration with scientists at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research  Institute (KMFRI, Mombasa) and Free university of Brussels (VUB). She is also involved in  research and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects  in Marine Ecology and Microbiology. She is currently  a 2013 AWARD Fellow ,a two year career development programme.

6. Jacob Ochiewo is the Socio-economics Research Program Coordinator at KMFRI.  He has 19 years experience in socioeconomic assessments and monitoring, governance analysis, resolution of resource use conflicts, valuation of coastal resources/natural resource policy analysis, and integrated problem analyses. He has also been involved in a number of regional projects such as the UNEP WIO-LaB Project, the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME), ReCoMaP, Peri-Urban Mangrove Forests as Sewage Filters and Phyto-remediators in Eastern Africa (PUMPSEA), Integrated Problem Analysis for the African Process, Developing portfolio of projects for the African Process, Global International Waters Assessment, Vision and strategy development for WWF East Africa Marine Eco-region, and a number of WIOMSA MASMA funded projects. Nationally, he has played key roles in the development of management plans for the prawn fishery, ringnet fishery and mangroves, preparation of the state of the coast report for Kenya, conducting training on stakeholder analysis, stakeholder engagement, economic valuation of natural resources and identification of socio-economic and governance monitoring indicators.