On December 11, 2023 at 2pm, Uacitissa Mandamule will present her thesis entitled "When the elements rage: Displacement and resettlement of populations affected by Cyclone Idai and flooding in Búzi (Mozambique)". The defense will take place at the Laboratoire Population Environnement Développement, at Aix-Marseille University, with a jury comprising Sandrine Revet, Jacques Véron, Michel Cahen, Stéphanie Duvail and Valérie Golaz.
If you wish to attend in person, please let us know before 06/12 to obtain access to the campus (firstname.lastname@example.org). A zoom link is provided for those who would like to attend remotely.
Delegations from the Seychelles, Reunion and Comoros joined the PAREO MAURITIUS team in good spirits this week, for the two restitutions of the project to be held on November 14 (restitution to Officials and Media) and 15 (restitution open to the public)!
On the program: a visit to the marsh and mangrove swamp at Anse-la-raie with the NGO Reef Conservation, and a boat trip with a launch in the Mahébourg lagoon to Île au Fouquet and Trou Moutou!
Join us for the official and media presentation: we'll be LIVE tomorrow, November 14, 2023, from the Plaza in Rose-hill between 9am and 12pm on the PAREO facebook page!
Nourddine Mirhani and Gilbert David, the two scientists in charge of DIDEM's islands and archipelagos project, taught the first courses of the second year of the Master's program in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development at the University of the Comoros' Centre de Patsy.
Researchers from Eduardo Mondlane University, managers from the District and the Ministry of the Environment, and resource persons representing local communities attended a workshop to present the results of the Eflows project, co-funded by the DIDEM and WIOSAP projects.
Faced with the destruction of biodiversity, it is becoming urgent to make political and management decision-makers, as well as the general public, aware of the value of nature and the costs that its destruction entails.
Is it enough to talk in terms of "natural capital"? Or should we be more precise, and detail the "ecosystem services" that this natural capital renders to human populations?
For 6 days, 30 scientists, decision-makers and protected area managers took part in the DIDEM thematic school. Classroom and field sessions marked a week rich in exchange and learning.
The DIDEM/Deltas Madagascar team (CNRE, IRD) was honored to be received by the Governor of the Boeny Region, Madagascar, on September 12, 2023.
It was an opportunity to present the research work carried out by the team on the Betsiboka river and delta, via WIODER and DIDEM and to discuss the new project currently being set up with the Boeny CER, Regional Environmental Directorate, the coastal protected areas and the scientists involved in previous dialogue between science and decision makers.
Coastal deltas worldwide are under risk of degradation due to the increasing impacts of sea-level rise and alterations of river hydrology.
This double threat also applies to the Tana River Delta in Kenya, which forms a lifeline for local communities almost entirely dependent on its ecosystem services, while also providing very attractive habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna that make this area a biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern African coastal region1.
However, past and historical dynamics that have influenced the current status of the Tana River Delta ecosystem are not sufficiently understood to construct a proper baseline to evaluate the uniqueness and magnitude of the delta’s current environmental challenges.
The second LittoSIM Majunga workshop took place in the large hall of the Hotel 401 Majunga from July 11 to 13.
The participants were all technicians with different specialities, but working on the theme of marine or rainfall submersion. The "Majunga" archetype of the LittoSIM tool and the data, including recently acquired data used in this archetype, were presented to the technicians from the city of Majunga.
Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Impacts of Sea Water Intrusion at Kalota, Tana River Delta
The workshop was held on June 17th 2023 at Semikaro Primary School. It allowed scientists, community leaders and community members to share knowledge and to jointly analyse the environmental changes observed in the Kalota section of the Tana River Delta.
It was organised by the DiDEM Project-Kenya, facilitated by the team from the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the Kenya Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team (KENWEB).
Filmmaker Khamis Ramadhan was able to gather testimonials from workshop participants. Three videos are available:
The recently created scientific network on Western Indian Ocean National Or International SEamounts, banks, submarine structures (WIO N.O.I.S.E.) held its first Workshop “Multidisciplinary Scientific Approaches to Support Marine Regional Governance in the Western Indian Ocean” in Mauritius from 3 to 5 May 2023. The workshop was hosted by the Department for Continental Shelf, Maritime Zones Administration and Exploration (CSMZAE) of the Prime Minister's Office and by the University of Mauritius (UOM).
This photographic exhibition showcases Rijasolo's reportage following the DIDEM-Deltas-Madagascar scientific team along the Betsiboka river and delta in September 2022.
From field measurements and participatory observatory management to science-decision-maker-civil society dialogue workshops, the report covers every facet of the multidisciplinary scientific missions and highlights the environmental and social challenges of the Betsiboka delta.
The exhibition was inaugurated at the Musée de la Photographie in Antananarivo on May 5, 2023, then at the Alliance Française in Mahajanga on May 12, 2023, and presented for one month.