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Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative
WIO-RISE provides research and training in skills associated with the utilization of coastal and marine resources and the protection of the coastal and marine environment. The network avails itself of the substantial experience of IMS/UDSM, which has roots in the former East African Marine Fisheries Research Organization and the affiliated Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association based in Zanzibar. The School of Marine and Coastal Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University is strategically located near the Sofala Bank, a major fishery and aquaculture resource, and the University of Cape Town has the only department in southern Africa offering graduate training in physical oceanography, climate science, and atmospheric science.
WIO-RISE graduate Dr. Majuto Manyilizu (currently a faculty member at University of Dodoma, pictured above, 10th from the left) was recently awarded a grant from the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance to participate in the International Symposium on Tropical Ocean and Climate in Qingdao, China, which took place on June 15-17, 2015.
At the conference, Dr. Manyilizu connected with Princeton University Prof. George Philander (pictured above, on the left). Dr. Manyilizu benefitted greatly from participating in the conference, which gave him the opportunity to "share knowledge, learn from, and connect with different senior scientists in the world."
WIO-RISE is governed by the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) [pictured above (L to R); back row: Prof. Chris Reason, Dr. Yohanna Shaghude, Prof. Desiderius Masalu, Dr. Musa Chacha, Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga; front row: Ms. Asha Sabour, Prof. Antonio Hoguane, Ms. Sharifa Yahya], which meets at least once a year. At the 10th PSC Meeting, which took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 8th May 2015, the Academic Directorship was handed over from Prof. Desiderius Masalu to Dr. Yohanna W. Shaghude, who is also currently Director of IMS. Prof. Masalu thanked the members for the time they have worked together and the support they have given him to push WIO-RISE forward. Prof. Masalu emphasized that the biggest challenge at this stage is the sustainability of the network; there is a need for a serious fundraising effort in order to keep the network going. The PSC members have developed a concept note to submit to Korea, in addition to several other projects underway.