WIOMSA is implementing a five-year Marine and Coastal Science for Management (MASMA) Programme (2018-2022) that aims to assist the countries of the western Indian Ocean (WIO) to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and comply with the Paris Agreement. Collectively, these two frameworks present a universally applicable and interconnected approach to integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development and require a similarly integrative and widely useful mosaic of solutions. While the focus of the new MASMA Programme is on SDG 14, all efforts are being made to link to other SDG’s as they interact to attain broader sustainability targets and ambitions; such as climate action (SDG 13), partnerships for the goals (SDG 17) and others.
The MASMA Programme incorporates a strong capacity development component and adopts a holistic definition of the term capacity development to encompass much more than training and include-: different levels (individual, institutional, enabling environment), and all phases of the knowledge generation and knowledge translation cycle (from setting the research agenda and research design through to research use and communication).
Proposals for the organization of training courses and workshops should seek to involve different groups including scientists, policy-makers and practitioners. Proposals should focus on regional priority issues that are in alignment with the theme of the Programme, “Generating the scientific and policy-relevant knowledge for achieving SDG 14 and facilitating implementation of the Paris Agreement in the WIO Region”. Dissemination of research results from research work undertaken in the region is one of the main priorities of WIOMSA. WIOMSA recognizes that substantial useful information on different aspects of relevance to coastal management is in the hands of scientists of the region. To address this problem, the MASMA programme provides grants to the scientists in the region and their partners to publish research results in the form of books/manuals, and assists with distributing them to as wide an audience as possible. Furthermore, grants will also be issued to facilitate the preparation and publication of information packages, knowledge products and decision-support tools relevant to policy development and implementation at national or regional levels.
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