Thematic Workshops Agenda | 27 & 28 Oct 2022

Thurs, 27 Oct 2022 | 9h – 12h | Opera Halls 1 & 2, Alisa Hotel North Ridge  

Workshop co-chairs: Dr. Isa Elegbede (TGER/CEESP/IUCN, Switzerland & Lagos State University) and Ignatius Williams (University of Ghana)

Capacity limited to 90 people max. 

Fisheries has been identified as an engagement priority given the importance of the fisheries sector to many countries in Africa. It plays a significant role in supporting food and nutritional security and supports the livelihoods of people in many coastal communities across the world. It also plays a notable role in strengthening the economies of many countries and contributes directly to the GDP of African economies. There are however many issues affecting the growth and success of the fisheries sector. Relevant governing bodies in the region (African Union, African Conference on priority setting and partnership development for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development) have identified challenges related to data, assessments, ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management, enforcement and governance. 

This workshop is designed to provide regional fisheries stakeholders with insight into the suite of Earth Observation products and services that can be used to meet fisheries and aquaculture related needs. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge from Earth Observation experts who have successfully developed and implemented fisheries related products and services. With support and guidance from these experts, workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to propose the implementation of region-specific Earth Observation-based fisheries projects and outcomes that are in line with the GEO Blue Planet Core Action Areas of Stakeholder Engagement, Cooperation and Co-design and Capacity Development. 

Thurs, 27 Oct 2022 | 14h – 17h | Opera Rooms 1 & 2, Alisa Hotel North Ridge

Workshop co-chairs: Dr. Louis Celliers (WIOMSA), Dr. Pierre-Yves La Traon and Fabrice Messal (Mercator Ocean International), Dr. Sara Venturini (GEO)

Capacity limited to 90 participants max. 

Global organisations such as the United Nations have proposed guidelines for undertaking national responses to climate change by way of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). According to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), the main objective of the NAP process is to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by building adaptive capacity and resilience; and to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into existing policies, programmes and activities within all relevant sectors.

This workshop is designed to explore the role of Earth Observations in the formulation of National Adaptation Plans with special considerations for improving the resilience and adaptive capacity of coastal resources by integrating coastal adaptation into NAPs. This is needed to ensure that the coastal and ocean economies can achieve their potential, whilst ensuring the functioning of ecosystem services upon which such economies are built.  The need for transformation of coastal communities is a key element of sustainability as part of strategies to adapt to climate change.

Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | 9h – 12h | Opera Hall 1, Alisa Hotel North Ridge

Workshop co-chairs: Dr. Donatus Angnuureng (University of Cape Coast) and Dr. Lisa Rebelo/ Dr. Edward Boamah (Digital Earth Africa)

Capacity limited to 45 participants max.

Coastal zones are largely vulnerable to the dynamics of natural and human-induced changes. Low-lying areas are even more at risk with projected sea level rise due to global climate warming while being home to around 10% of the world’s population and to many megacities, making them a priority. There is therefore the need to understand coastline dynamics based on reliable and consistent data, and to ensure policies that can sustainably support population growth and urban development.

This workshop on coastline changes aims to share information, spark interest, and to strengthen the cooperation between all coastal stakeholders, from academic to non-academic communities, by developing reflections, strategies, and recommendations on addressing coastal hazards at regional and global level. This workshop will be focused on exploring coastline dynamics, coastal erosion, and coastal pollution, exploring a range of related monitoring and management aspects and challenges in the African context, including:

  • Bridging gaps in data availability, and between academics and non-academics
  • Engaging with the leading policy and decision makers
  • Strengthening regional cooperation and collaboration (co-design & co-management) to manage the same hazards
  • Strengthening legal & institutional frameworks & capacity building 

Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | 9h – 10h30 | Opera Hall 2, Alisa Hotel North Ridge

Workshop co-chairs: Dr. Emily Smail (University of Maryland and NOAA) and Dr. Shelly-Ann Cox (Blue Shell Productions)

Capacity limited to 45 participants max.

A number of important advances have been made in the last decade to address sargassum influx events, which have emerged as a coastal hazard impacting climate-sensitive socio-economic sectors in the Wider Caribbean and West Africa. While there is a general consensus that we should view influxes as an economic opportunity through the promotion of valorisation initiatives, the reality is that sargassum inundations remain more of a threat than a benefit until key issues are resolved. A shift in mindset is a critical step, but this must be followed through with deliberate action.

Friday, 28 Oct 2022 | 10h45 – 12h15 | Opera Hall 2, Alisa Hotel North Ridge

Workshop Co-chairs: Richmond Kennedy Quarcoo (Plastic Punch), Dr. Ebenezer Nyadzro (Mississippi State University and NOAA) and Ivy Akuoko Gyimah (University of Cape Coast)

Capacity limited to 45 participants max.

Marine litter has become a multi-dimensional problem with economic, environmental, cultural, and human health costs. To address this issue, the United Nations created Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, “Life Below Water” and Target 14.1: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution”. Achieving this target requires the identification and assessment of marine litter via a host of observation and detection methods to inform policy. This workshop is designed to explore the role of Earth Observations in supporting marine litter monitoring efforts. 

Friday, 28 Oct 20222 | 12h15 – 12h45 | Opera 1 & 2 halls, Alisa Hotel North Ridge

Closing remarks from the five workshops by moderators/co-chairs.