Virtual Regional Workshop on regional implementation plan for UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

This virtual session “Co-designing the science we need for Africa” was convened by IOC-UNESCO Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (IOCAFRICA), with the support of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, as part of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series.

It explored opportunities and challenges and discuss best practices to deliver co-designed, solution-oriented research that will lead to transformative Decade Actions with long-lasting benefits to the ocean and society.

The report of the session will be shared soon.

New webinar series shares latest research on ocean deoxygenation

Featuring some of the world’s top experts in ocean deoxygenation, a new webinar series shares the latest scientific knowledge and explores the impacts of extremely reduced levels of oxygen in increasingly larger parts of the ocean, from the coast to the high seas.

The Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE), an Expert Working Group organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is leading the organization of the webinar series, with the inaugural session slated for 11 November 2020.

Each webinar will feature two presentations by a duo of senior and early-career scientists, followed by moderated discussion questions from the audience.


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Enhancing the Ocean Best Practices System to support the global ocean observing community

Around 500 ocean observations and data management experts gathered virtually on 18-30 September 2020 to review the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) and formulate recommendations for its enhancement.

Overall, the experts identified some needs to be addressed by the OBPS in order to enhance its support to the global ocean observing community. These range from improved interoperability among different ocean observations and data management systems to the development of new training activities – in particular remote and virtual learning; from effectively engaging multiple cultures – including indigenuous languages – to increasing collaboration among existing initiatives and define the role of ocean best practices in support of the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030, the “Ocean Decade” for short).

Weather Forecast for Artisanal Fisheries at Zalala Beach, Mozambique

By Candida Sete, Clousa Maueua, Ana Maria Alfredo.

National Institute for Hydrography and Navigation (Instituto Nacional de Hidrografia e Navegação).

The study was motivated by the understanding that accidents with artisanal fisherman are common along the cost of Mozambique, despite the availability of the forecast information that would be combined with the traditional knowledge of the fisherman on sea state. That led to question the effectiveness of the weather forecast and of the forecast information dissemination for localized needs as for artisanal fishermen. The study took place in Zambézia Province, and the artisanal fishery centre in the Zalala Beach, was chosen for a demonstration site.

Les cétacés en danger dans le Golfe de Guinée: échouage ou capture au Bénin


L’Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB) et le Laboratoire d’Ecologie Appliquée de la FSA/UAC, ont entrepris depuis 2000, sur financement des Pays-Bas et du CBDD, des travaux de suivi des cétacés du Bénin, sous la conduite de l’ONG ‘’Nature Tropicale’.

On suit essentiellement des Baleines qui font partie de la grande famille des mammifères (particulièrement de la famille des cétacés). Les Dauphins sont aussi des mammifères marins que l’on rencontre sur les côtes béninoises et dans le Golfe de Guinée en général.

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