Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium Programme comprises a combination of plenary and parallel sessions on knowledge improving life in ocean and coastal systems.

The Symposium Programme :

Vulnerability, Resilience & Adaptation

  • Implications of changes in major biophysical drivers on the coastal and marine environment. Major drivers include: demographic pressure, economic development, socio-political changes and climate change.
  • Trends in extreme events and major oceanographic processes
  • Combined effects of climate change, land-use practices (e.g. deforestation, coastal development that forms a barrier to mangrove landward migration), and other human impacts (e.g. pollution, eutrophication) on resilience and adaptive capacity.
  • Costs associated with addressing the implications of global change

Biodiversity and ecological processes

  • Biodiversity and diversification processes (including biology and reproduction of marine organisms; connectivity of marine populations and community resilience)
  • Functional ecology of coastal ecosystems such as estuaries, coral reef, rocky shores, mangroves etc.
  • Ecology and conservation of endangered marine species (eg. turtles, mammals, sharks, seabirds)
  • Marine organisms and bioactive natural substances
  • Ecosystem assessment and monitoring: roles of bioindicators, chemical tracers and models
  • Ecosystem modeling and forecasting

Utilization of resources

  • Fisheries: trends, challenges and sustainability
  • The ecological impacts of fishing
  • Ecosystem-based fishery assessment and management, in theory and practice
  • The biology and ecology of marine birds, invertebrates, and mammals related to fisheries and ecosystems

Human dimension and governance systems

  • Economic/Social/Environmental/Cultural opportunities and challenges of economic activities in the coastal and marine environment
  • Communities’ use of, and dependence on, ecosystem services for livelihoods
  • Interactions between conservation initiatives and poverty reduction strategies
  • Mechanisms to strengthen fisheries management to meet both socio-economic and environmental conservation objectives
  • Effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of policies and legislation of marine and coastal resources

Understanding Ecosystem Services

  • Quantifying, valuing and describing patterns of ecosystem service provision from different ecosystems
  • Social and cultural processes underlying ecosystem service provision
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into national development plans
  • The contribution of natural capital to economic development

Innovations in Support of an Ocean-based Economy

Innovative solutions to climate change and disaster risk reduction

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