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.
As a regional programme, MASMA seeks to strengthen trans-disciplinary research by involving researchers from different disciplines, countries, and sectors. The central purpose of MASMA is to increase our shared knowledge relevant to the welfare of coastal communities, the society at large, and their mutual sustainable development. This is considered paramount in bolstering environmental management and the governance capability required to meet sustainability goals. In this context, MASMA provides an innovative way to link the development of new human and research capacity with existing capacities to address coastal issues and challenges. Accordingly, MASMA provides a platform and mechanism for addressing research needs required by countries of the WIO in achieving the SDGs.
Full details of the call can be downloaded below (PDF).