As soon as the DIDEM project was launched in 2021, exchanges with the partners of the Comorian Patsy University Centre led to a request for support in setting up a master's degree dedicated to sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Workshops between the teaching staff and the DiDEM team led to the design of an interdisciplinary model validated by the central administration of the University of Comoros.
The opening of the Master's programme is scheduled for the academic year 2022-2023.
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A photographic report will be produced in September 2022, to show faces and bodies at work in the landscapes that link the Land to the Sea, and to give us a better understanding of the land-sea relationship through the rivers and deltas, as well as illustrating the research activities of the CNRE and IRD teams on the Ikopa and Betsiboka rivers and the questioning of the stakeholders interviews of the Boeny region and the Regional Centre for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (CRGIZC).
The attack was observed in 2020 and became massive in 2022 in the Betsiboka estuary. The culprit is a defoliator caterpillar Hyblaea puera (Cramer, 1777) that specifically attacks the mangrove tree Avicennia marina that constitutes the monospecific stand of mangroves downstream of the Betsiboka delta.
The DiDEM/Deltas-Madagascar team was mobilised by the Boeny region to assess the situation.
The Nairobi Convention (NC) has asked its 10 Parties and other key stakeholders to nominate representatives to contribute to the development of a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) for the Western Indian Ocean. These individuals will form a Task Force (TF) which will have to finalise its proposals by November 2023, the date of the next NC COP 11.
In April 2022, France appointed Florence GALLETTI (Marine Science & Law of the Sea) and Francis MARSAC (Oceanography), members of DiDEM, and Benoit RODRIGUES (International Affairs and Partnerships, IRD)
Equipped with their fins, mask and snorkel, the school children of Baie St Anne in Praslin set out to explore the coral reefs of Curieuse Marine Park.
Their objective: to learn more about the functioning of the coral reefs and the pressures they face in order to set up a conservation action at their scale, as if they were themselves the managers of the Park.
Coastal erosion is one of the major challenges facing the Comoros. In order to anticipate the consequences, the DiDEM project deploys methods, tools and trainings and supports Comorian partners to set up a coastal erosion monitoring mechanism in a participatory observatory approach.
CNRE's infrastructure and know-how (WIODER team, then DiDEM/Deltas-Madagascar) were mobilised for the SWOT (System Water Ocean Technology) mission, which brought together 7 researchers from CNES, CNRS, INSU, IRD (LEGOS, SENS), CNRE and IOGA on the Tsirinbihina River, the only navigable river in western Madagascar, from 2 to 9 May 2022.
Two science-decision-maker dialogue workshops were held at the Roches Rouges Hotel in Mahajanga, on the theme of Mangroves, on 14-15 December 2021 and 7-8 April 2022, the third workshop in Ambato-Boeny on 24-25 May 2022 was devoted to the flooding of the Betsiboka River, and the fourth will take place in mid-September 2022 in the Marovoay region on the silting up of irrigated perimeters upstream of the Betsiboka Delta.
From April 19 to May 24, 2022, the RESILIENCE cruise took place in the Mozambique Channel and along the east coast of South Africa. This multidisciplinary campaign focused on the influence of small-scale physical processes on biological production at the edge of oceanic eddies present in the area. It brought together scientists from many countries including South Africa, Mozambique and Mauritius.
Jean-François Ternon, coordinator of the DiDEM High Seas component, participated as cruise leader.
The Littosim-Didem workshop took place from 27 to 29 April 2022 at the Centre National de Recherches sur l'Environnement (CNRE) in Antananarivo. It was both a moment of meeting between researchers and a place of reflection on the adaptation of the Littosim platform to the Malagasy context.
How does river flow influence the entire estuary ecosystem? That is the subject of Dinis Juizo’s research. We met him in the Incomati Delta in southern Mozambique. As part of an interdisciplinary team, he identifies the flows needed to preserve Indian Ocean deltas which are nurseries for fish and a source of income for the local community.
It’s time for the second video profile of people working in the #BlueEconomy in the Indian Ocean!
Next stop: Mohéli National park in the Comoro Islands! Adifaon gives a close-up of his daily life with fishermen, scientists, and locals who live in the Indian Ocean. In this first video about the #BlueEconomy in the Indian Ocean, he explains the importance of protecting the ocean and controlling fishing to maintain a blue economy that respects the environment and sustains the population.