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Dynamics and assessment of Kenyan mangrove ecosystems n° TS2-0240-C (GDF): final report (April 1993)
Polk, P.; Okemwa, E. N. (1993). Dynamics and assessment of Kenyan mangrove ecosystems n° TS2-0240-C (GDF): final report (April 1993). Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Brussel. 244 pp.

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Document type: Project report

Author keywords
    Mangrove Ecosystem Project, Netherlands-Belgium, KBP, East-African mangrove lagoon, mangroves, seagrasses, macro-algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, crustaceans, fish, oysters, biodiversity, nutrients, particulate organic matter, productivity, mangrove litter transformation, biogeochemical cycling, transfer of C and N, hydrography, numerical modeling

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  • Polk, P., more
  • Okemwa, E. N.

    The aim of this STD-2 project on: "Dynamics and Assessment of Kenyan Mangrove Ecosystems" n° TS2-0240 C (GDF) was double. First it was meant as a scientific basic research study on mangrove ecology and second, as a real scientific collaboration between African and European scientists. In general the data output has been considerable, but results still need further integration and interpretation. Further support is therefore required and ideally, such a study should last for 6 to 7 years with careful evaluation of the output every 2 years. The results obtained up to now look very promising and represent the first step towards the understanding of an East African mangrove ecosystem. Such an exercise is essential for a future policy of sustainable management of this fragile and threatened ecosystem which is of great value from both the scientific and the economic points of view. This project initiated a scientific co-operation between European and African researchers. This co-operation in the fields of both, research and education has in general been perceived very positively by most participants. As a direct or indirect results of this co-operation, about ten Master Degrees were obtained by African scientists in Europe. Also, ten Belgian students and one Dutch student, wrote a licentiate thesis on the different subjects concerning Gazi Bay ecosystem. However, it is felt that more efforts should be put in providing African scientists with opportunities to complete their scientific formation and this at different levels (technicians, Masters, PhD's). Efforts should also be put in providing our African colleagues with long-term financial, technical and scientific supports in order for the research in Africa, initiated through this project, to continue and to take-off. This should be achieved within the framework of bilateral co-operation agreements between European and African research units. In the future, it might also be useful to elaborate a co-operation system wherein an European scientist or research unit "adopts” an African counterpart. All participants, in most cases, feel that the present scientific co-operation exercise has been very positive but that in order to achieve its educational, economic and social goals, financial support and follow-up should be pursued during several years. As general conclusion we will suggest that in the future, National, European and International organizations take into account these remarks and will collaborate to provide opportunities for efficient co-operation in Science and Technology for Development.

Datasets (10)
  • Epiphytic macroalgae and microphytobenthos in the mangroves of Gazi Bay sampled in 1987, 1989 and 1991, more
  • Macrobenthos of the mangroves of Gazi Bay (Kenya) sampled in September 1990, more
  • Mangrove litter as nutritive source in the mangrove ecosystem of Gazi Bay, more
  • Parasite fauna in fish of the Kenyan coast, more
  • Seagrasses and macroalgae of the Eastern and Western creek of Gazi Bay (September-December 1991), more
  • Seasonal phytoplankton primary productivity between July 1990 and June 1991 in Gazi Creek (Kenya), more
  • Soil characteristics of the mangrove vegetation in Gazi Bay (Kenya), more
  • Species diversity, abundance and monthly occurrence of the fish species in Gazi creek sampled from March 1991 to April 1992, more
  • Stable carbon isotope analysis of organisms and sediments in the mangrove ecosystem of Gazi Bay, more
  • Zooplankton composition and abundance in Gazi Creek (Kenya) sampled from March 1990 to April 1991, more

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