Abstracts PA5

Ocean literacy, ocean equity and blue leadership



Abstract 142

Participatory monitoring, assessment and visualization of climate change vulnerability in coastal wetlands of Peru for decision-making in ecosystem-based adaptation

by Hanlie Malherbe 

Project Coordinator

PARAWET is designed to support the GIZ’s EbAMar (Ecosystem-based adaptation measures for integrated coastal and marine zone management) with the interpretation and communication of climate change relevant, ecological and socio-economic information of coastal wetlands in the Piura province of Peru. This coastal region is subject to recurrent El Niño events impacting the local communities, hence there is a need for improved and innovative sustainable solutions, responsible leadership and coastal literacy. The aim is to ensure applicable knowledge exchange and training activities based on relevant research in order to support Peruvian government entities with the identification, implementation and management of ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation strategies for the coastal wetlands.

Stakeholder surveys based on information of wetland artisanal fishing activities, associated socio-economic activities, and communities’ perceptions to climate change impacts will be conducted and analyzed. In addition, a vulnerability analyses of the mangroves using the Standard Blue Carbon approach will be conducted. Outputs from these studies will form the bases for future knowledge exchange activities together with Peruvian stakeholders, project partners and local users. Activities will be designed in the form of workshops, training and capacity development, and policy briefs.

Within the framework of the EbAMar project, the GIZ works alongside IMARPE with the elaboration of the Marine Atlas of Peru, a geoportal distributed online to make scientific spatial data transparent and easily available. The tool will be important for the timely dissemination of information to private sectors and the public for management of marine resources and associated ecosystems. PARAWET therefore supports IMARPE with the collection, visualization and integration of data generated by their different functional areas. Capacity building and training activities related to the Marine Atlas will be identified to support with the continues development of the geoportal by local stakeholders.


Abstract 141

Capacity building in biodiversity research by ZMT

by Achim Meyer | Levy Otwoma | Oscar Puebla | Sonia Bejarano 

ZMT Academy | Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute | ZMT – Fish Ecology and Evolution | ZMT – Reef Systems

Biodiversity hotspots in the global south lack comprehensive species composition data due to low economic resources. As an example 25-35% of all marine species occur in coral reefs with 5% of coral reefs lost every year, but their species diversity is only partly captured. Among the least studied coral reefs in the world are the East African reefs. In 2022, the ZMT Academy offered the workshop “Fish Barcoding and Functional Ecology: Monitoring the Status of Marine Coastal Ecosystems” in cooperation with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) to promote biodiversity research and reef fish monitoring in the East African region. Our goal was to empower young researcher from the region for own independent research promoting Inner African networks. The huge response to our call with over 120 high quality applications from Sub-Sahara Africa as well as voluntary scientific contributions from seven leading experts in the field demonstrated the high demand and our successful strategy. The training covered molecular barcoding with focus on database development as well as functional ecology. 160 cryptobenthic fish were captured and analysed, and lab manuals were compiled. In the future the ZMT Academy aims to continue capacity building in biodiversity research by offering an online data analyses workshop in 2023 and raising funds for a state of the art biodiversity workshop or summer school in 2024.

Foto© Debora Benjamen: Hands on fish barcoding at the workshop “Fish Barcoding and Functional Ecology: Monitoring the Status of Marine Coastal Ecosystems” in Mombasa, Kenya


Abstract 119

Transforming co-design science for practice: lessons learned from a training course on Co-design for the Ocean Decade

by Jialin Zhang | Rebecca Lahl | Sebastian Ferse


The ocean faces many pressing challenges, each of which has complex socio-ecological characteristics. There is a growing awareness that addressing these challenges needs new research approaches, that brings together actors from academia and non-academic sectors to engage in mutual learning, and seeking transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development. While there is widespread enthusiasm to engage in this collaborative venture, there is a need to build capacity and a common understanding of how to create codesigned solutions that could bring about the desired transformation in ocean management. To meet this requirement, in 2022, together with IOC-UNESCO, we launched the Co-design for the Ocean Decade training course, with the first pilot course focusing on the African region. This course aims to help ocean communities gain skills and competence in co-designing a research project in order to contribute to transformative ocean science solutions through the Ocean Decade. In this talk, we will first describe the design and the contents of the training course. Then we will investigate the changes that participants have as a result of participating in the course. The assessment data are collected through a pre- and post-course survey design, and we extend and support our analysis of survey data with observations from the course and a review of course documents. In the end, we will look at the weaknesses and challenges in the current course design, and integrate the recommendations into a training model for future use.


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