UNITWIN Network in Marine Biology and Sustainable Development for East Africa, Bangor University (2009)

Purpose/Objectives of the Chair/UNITWIN Network

In the east African region, which encompasses Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia, Madagascar, Comoros Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion (France), regional and national policies are gradually prioritising marine sustainable resource use and environmental protection, and identifying the need for integrated coastal zone management. The School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, UK has a higher education partnership with the Institute of Marine Sciences, Zanzibar, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to assist with providing a research network at the national and regional levels in marine and coastal sciences.

The specific objectives of the network are firstly to engage in internationally recognised joint research and advice of strategic importance in the development, use and management of coastal and marine resources in East Africa. Second, to establish professional development and staff training at the institutional level and at the wider community and policy level; and to increase gender parity through the numbers of women taking part in research and partnership courses. Third, to improve networking and the exchange of marine sciences information between partner institutions north-south and south-south, and to improve the management of research, education, and knowledge transfer between partners and the local, national, regional & international communities.

Chairholder/Coodinator: Dr. John Turner, Bangor University

Address: Dr. John Turner, UNITWIN Network Coordinator, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Marine Science Laboratories, Menai Bridge, Angelsey, Wales, LL59 5AB, UK
Email: J.turner@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1248 382881

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Bangor University (Wales)

The School of Ocean Sciences is a research led, teaching department within the College of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, and is located on the island of Anglesey, Wales, UK. The School’s mission is to conduct high quality marine research, in coastal and shelf environments, and to deliver interdisciplinary teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Ocean margins, shelf seas, estuaries and the coastal zone are the key elements of the marine system with respect to climate change impacts (sea level, ecosystem functioning) and anthropogenic interactions. Activity accordingly encompasses blue skies, strategic and applied research, and active knowledge transfer. Research and teaching address five broad themes: (1) Sustainable marine resources and environmental protection; (2) Marine ecology and biodiversity; (3) Shelf sea and coastal processes; (4) Biogeochemistry and palaeoceanography; and (5) Sedimentary processes and geophysics.

University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), University of Dar es Salaam, is located on the island of Zanzibar. The Institute’s objectives are to undertake research, provide postgraduate studies and to provide advisory and consultancy services in all aspects of marine sciences to government, public and private sector. The Institute has three academic departments: (1) Department of Marine Biology and Resources Management; (2) Department of Chemical and Environmental Marine Sciences; and (3) Department of Physical and Applied Marine Sciences, as well as non-academic sections with serve cross-cutting activities, e.g. Information and Communication Technology and Marine Education Extension Development. IMS is the leading marine science-based academic institution in Tanzania – perhaps in all of East Africa – with its roots in the former East African Marine Fisheries Research Organisation. IMS UDSM has an excellent reputation in the Western Indian Ocean region and is one of the few institutions in marine sciences in the region with some good capacity in place, and a high chance of enhancing external relations through offering training opportunities in the broad region. IMS is currently the Eastern Africa Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building and Management and has been earmarked as a East African Regional Institute of Marine Sciences (EARIMS) to cater for East African Community member States.