DiDEM news 2022 & mid - 2023

School visit, Incomati delta, Mozambique @Dominique Vinckenbosch

The DIDEM team

Meet with the DIDEM team members!

Nourddine Mirhani

DiDEM coordinator in Comoros

Ravaka Randrianatoandro

PhD. student in geography, Univ. Antananarivo, Madagascar

Peter Ng'ang'a Gitau

PhD. graduated in Geography, Univ. Sorbone, Kenya & France

Katrin Perchat

The Futur of Plastic Waste coordinator in Seychelles

Zamil Maturaf Maanfou

Master Student in the MAB, Univ. Toulouse, France

Dercio Alberto

PhD student in History, Univ. Aix Marseille, France

"Images for a dialogue. Dialogue science-public decision and civil society, for an integrated management of the Betsiboka Delta in Madagascar"

A 28-panel exhibition valuing the photographic reportage that Rijasolo made in September 2022 on the Betsiboka River and the delta nested in its estuary, will be presented in Antananarivo on May 5 and in Mahajanga on May 12. 

#Betsiboka #Photo exhibition #Rijasolo

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The second SWOT mission will mobilize the DIDEM-Deltas-Madagascar team in April 2023

The second SWOT mission on the Tsirinbihina, the only navigable river in western Madagascar that flows into the Mozambique Channel north of the city of Morondava, will take place from April 2 to 16, 2023. A team of 13 scientists, 7 from France (IRD-LEGOS, CNES, CNRS, INSU, Hydromatters) and 6 from Madagascar (IRD-SENS, CNRE, IOGA) will embark for 9 days of navigation (April 5 to 13), from Miandrivazo to Belo Tsirinbihina. The boat will be equipped with sensors and will tow a slick to perform bathymetry of the riverbed and measure depth, current speed, and cross sections and bank mapping will be completed by zodiac.

This second SWOT mission on the Tsirinbihina River has this time the objective to validate the daily estimates of the SWOT satellite successfully launched in December 2022.

#Observatory #Madagascar #SWOT

On March 21, 2023, the Indian Ocean Expedition's restitution day was held in Monaco. It was an opportunity to look back on this campaign rich in scientific discoveries on board the S.A. Aghulas II. 

Leaving Cape Town (South Africa) in early October, the ship made a first stop in Mauritius, before undertaking a circumnavigation in the region passing through Reunion, Aldabra and Mahé in the Seychelles, the Saya de Malha bank, St Brandon, before returning to Mauritius where almost the entire scientific team disembarked.

#Oceanographic Campaign #SayadeMalha

March 2023

> The Indian Ocean Expedition

 > Restitution day

Moheli is now hosting the PAREO project under Component C of the DIDEM program with the close collaboration of the Moheli National Park. Three schools are involved in this first phase of the project and will work on the establishment of an Educational Marine Area in the commune of Nioumachoi.

#EducationalMarineProtectedArea #PAREO

March 2023

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Kenya - Article publication

From February 22 to 24, 2023 in Mauritius, DiDEM was invited to the first regional workshop of exchanges and training on environmental education organized by the project "Résilience des Écosystèmes du Sud-Ouest de l’Océan Indien" (RECOS), supported by the Indian Ocean Commission.

#SharingExperiences #EnvironementalEducation

February 2023

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Environmental dynamics of the Tana River delta (Kenya) at multiple time scales: evidence from geomorphology, mangrove assessment, paleoecology and consequences for landscape management

The defence took place online and at the French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi), on January 18th 2023

January 2023

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The coordinators of The Future of Plastic Waste program in Seychelles are committed to educating the younger generation on the issue of plastic pollution and solutions to address the issue.

#RaisingAwareness #PlasticPollution #YoungGenerations

October 2022

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The Education Marine Area (EMA) in the Curieuse Marine National Park supported by Monaco Explorations and coordinated by the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) in partnership with the Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority (SPGA), has been inaugurated by Francis Marsac, Monaco Explorations representative, Pascale Chabanet, IRD coordinator of the project PAREO EMA and Anto Suzette; Manager of the Curieuse Marine National Park. 

October 28th, 2022

     > Read the press release

     > Know more about the PAREO - EMA project

On the occasion of the "Mini symposium DIDEM project/LME SAPPHIRE project", held at WIOMSA 12 in South Africa, entitled "Contribution of marine science in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Western Indian Ocean to the development of a regional ocean governance strategy", on October 11, 2022, it was decided to launch a multidisciplinary network of researchers on Seamounts, banks, shelves, and other national and international underwater structures (WIO N.O.I.S.E.).

#HighSeas #ResearchersNetwork #WIO

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The DIDEM team is pleased to announce its participation in the symposium through the organization of a mini symposium on "The contribution of marine science in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Western Indian Ocean to the development of a regional ocean governance strategy", by the DiDEM High Sea team as well as through 16 oral and poster presentations on the various themes of the program: deltas, coastal erosion, mangroves or coral reefs.

      > Find here the list of presentations by the DIDEM team

Global DIDEM

Next destination for Monaco Explorations: the Indian Ocean

The Monaco Explorations, one of DIDEM's main donors, is launching an oceanographic campaign in the western Indian Ocean in the fall of 2022. Part of our team will be on board. Attention, imminent departure!

September 2022

           > Access to the press release (French only)

           > Go to the website of the Indian Ocean Mission

Discover the beauty and the use of the Incomati Estuary through its inhabitants.

This exhibition was made in the framework of the Estuary Festival in Macaneta in October 2021, in partnership with the French Embassy in Mozambique, the Eduardo Mondlane University, the District of Marracuene and the IRD.

October 2021

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Integrate scientific knowledge into decision-making

for coastal and marine management

in the Western Indian Ocean


Mohéli, Comores @Nourddine Mirhani