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Presentation of the WIOMSA scientific symposium

The WIOMSA association is an international NGO working to promote marine sciences and the sustainable management of the resources of the Western Indian Ocean. Boasting over 1,000 members from all the countries in the region, but also from Europe, North American, India and Australia, this association organizes an international scientific symposium every two years, bringing together between 350 and 500 participants. The next symposium is to be held from 24 to 29 August 2009 at the University of Reunion. It is organized by a local committee comprising representatives from the University, the IRD and the IFREMER. This symposium was realized within the RUN Sea Science European Project (FP7, Category Research Potential).

The symposium’s general theme is : “The Millennium Challenge : How Marine Sciences and Management Can Achieve Sustainable Management of Marine Resources and Develop Human Communities.”

Parallel sessions are to be organized on specific themes such as :

  • Global warming and ocean acidification ;
  • Evolution of marine biodiversity ;
  • Functional ecology of coastal ecosystems ;
  • Evolution and sustainability of coastal and deep-sea fishing ;
  • Bio-indicators ;
  • Physical oceanography and associated geological processes ;
  • Social and economic aspects of exploiting marine resources ;
  • Marine Protected Areas ;
  • Ecology and conservation of endangered marine species (mammals, turtles, seabirds, sharks) ;
  • The interest of marine species in research on bioactive molecules. (…)

Six lecturers of international repute will also be giving keynote presentations :

  • Dr. Edward Allison : “Vulnerability of small-scale fisheries to the impacts of climate change : developing adaptive responses at multiple scales.”
  • Dr. Serge Andréfouët : “The Millennium Coral Reef Mapping of the Central and Western Indian Ocean.”
  • Pr. Josh Cinner : “Overcoming overfishing : perspectives from the Western Indian Ocean and around the globe.”
  • Pr. Terry Done : “How coral reefs respond to global change ?”
  • Dr. Francis Marsac : “Trends of fisheries in the West Indian Ocean, climate forcing and ecosystem considerations.”
  • Dr. Graham Quartly : “Variability and Productivity in the Indian Ocean : A view from above.”

The symposium will link in various events pertaining to the theme of “Art and Science”, thus opening the symposium up to the general public.

To read more about this subject :

Soon on this website : the oral and poster presented during the symposium by the participants of RUN Sea Science .

More on the Western Indian Ocean Marine Association (WIOMSA)

WIOMSA is a regional professional, non-governmental, non-profit, membership organization, registered in Zanzibar, Tanzania that has been created in 1993.

The organization is dedicated to promoting the educational, scientific and technological development of all aspects of marine sciences throughout the region of Western Indian Ocean with a view toward sustaining the use and conservation of its marine resources. The Association has about 1000 individual members as well as about 50 institutional members from within and outside the region.

The organization’s inter-disciplinary membership consists of marine scientists, coastal practitioners, and institutions involved in the advancement of marine science research and development.

The Association :

  • provides a forum for communication and exchange of information amongst it members that promotes and fosters inter-institutional linkages within and beyond the region ;
  • supports marine research by offering research grants ;
  • implements programs to build the capacity of marine scientists and coastal management practitioners ;
  • works to promote policy dialogue on key topics by organizing meetings and seminars on the findings and policy implications of science.