I am a marine microbiologist by training but have mainly focussed on how (scientific) information can be better used to guide policy decisions and ultimately marine governance. For me, this includes the participation of as many involved stakeholders as possible to co-create ideas and jointly develop a roadmap for the sustainable use of marine resources.
I have now succesfully worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including the maritime industry, NGOs and both scientific/intergovernmental istitutions.
Michael is a social scientist with an interest in understanding why people work together for sustainable resource use. He specializes in ocean governance, co-management, fisheries conflict, and science-policy engagement on complex social-ecological challenges. He uses inquiry-based techniques inform research, management and policy on global environmental change.
Design, management and delivery of marine projects within the Africa programme with FFI. Our work is taking place mainly via partnerships with local organisations and is centred on a set of community-centred approaches to empower locally-led management and conservation, and related relevant policies' engagement.
Previous professional experiences in development and CBNRM in the Western Indian Ocean region (Madagascar, european overseas territories, Comoros) and with humanitarian NGOs in Central Africa. Educational background on tropical agronomy and rural development.
Prof. Japhet J.
I am a spatial scientist with interests in a wide range of environmental and ecological questions, and have predominantly focused on coastal and marine environment. My ultimate goals are to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on marine and coastal social-ecological systems at local and global scales in-order to support local adaptation planning and management.
Since his doctoral research between 2012 and 2016, Gildas has been working on coral farming and coral bio-ecology within the Polyaquaculture Research Unit (PRU) of the Fishery and Marine Science Institute of the University of Toliara, Madagascar.
I specialise in the physical dynamics of estuaries; estuarine condition assessments; environmental flow requirements; climate change impacts on estuaries; and estuary management and policy. I am part of a core team that developed environmental flow requirements technologies for South Africa, e.g. Version 1, 2 and 3 of the eflows methods for estuaries. I have been involved in over 40 freshwater flow requirement (EFR) studies on estuaries in Southern Africa as project leader or hydrodynamics / physical process specialist.