Improving the Blue Economy: Fostering Innovative Dialogues on Tanzanian Fisheries with Dr. Juma Rajabu Selemani

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促进蓝色经济:与Juma Rajabu Selemani博士一起,创新共话坦桑尼亚渔业

  2024年4月24日,IMBeR国际项目办公室能力发展系列活动IMBeR Coffee Reception聚集学生、早期职业研究人员和专家,就全球环境问题下坦桑尼亚渔业所面临的挑战与机遇展开讨论。此次活动特邀尼尔森曼德拉非洲科技研究所的高级讲师、华东师范大学环境科学专业校友 (2013-2018) Juma Rajabu Selemani博士带来精彩报告。


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Improving the Blue Economy: Fostering Innovative Dialogues on Tanzanian Fisheries with Dr. Juma Rajabu Selemani

The IMBeR Coffee Reception brought together students, early career researchers, and experts for a discourse on the challenges and opportunities facing Tanzanian fisheries amid global environmental issues on April 24, 2024, a series of capacity development events of the International Project. The event featured a presentation by Dr. Juma Rajabu Selemani, a senior lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. He is an alumnus of Environmental Sciences of East China Normal University (2013-2018).

Dr. Selemani presented "Fisheries along the Tanzania coast: What is known and what is required for improvement in the presence of global environmental challenges," and shed light on the underexplored potential of fisheries in Tanzania, emphasizing their pivotal role in contributing to the national economy and nutrition to meet national Sustainable Development Goals of Tanzania. He outlined the current state of fisheries, highlighting their dominance by small-scale artisanal activities primarily in shallow waters and the minimal involvement of commercial industries.

Tanzania values the potential role of the blue economy to benefit the economy, livelihoods, and ocean ecosystems. For future development, Juma detailed the challenges facing the fishery sector, including limited access to modern fishing and aquaculture technologies, insufficient cold-chain logistics, investment, and prevalent illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities. Furthermore, he pointed to environmental degradation, high post-harvest losses due to a lack of post-harvest processing facilities and cold-chain logistics, and the lack of additional value chains as significant hurdles needing urgent redress. These issues have garnered public attention and are gradually improving. There is great potential for fisheries in Tanzania.

In exploring the unknowns, Juma brought to the areas requiring further research and intervention. These included the impacts of climate change on both marine and freshwater fisheries and the effects of anthropogenic activities, such as water pollution and deforestation, which notably contribute to sedimentation and subsequent resource decline in regions like Lake Tanganyika.

At the end of the presentation, Juma identified marine fisheries as a burgeoning sector ripe with opportunities to advance Tanzania's blue economy. He advocated for a shift towards more industrial-scale fisheries and aquaculture, underscoring the necessity for robust capacity building among the young generations. He advocates for enhancing research on climate impacts, improving inter-sectoral coordination, and attracting more investors to the sector.

Juma also shared the site visits to Tanzania, allowing participants to witness firsthand the beautiful scenery of Tanzania's national parks and islands, further enriching their understanding of the local context and the tangible impacts of their studies in environmental sciences.

The IMBeR Coffee Reception not only facilitated a rich exchange of ideas and knowledge but also strengthened the network among interdisciplinary researchers, setting the stage for innovative solutions and collaborations. Please stay tuned for the upcoming event.

图文| 钱苏慧

翻译| 张郑颖

审核| IMBeR IPO-China