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Marine science country profiles: Kenya
Odido, M. (1998). Marine science country profiles: Kenya. IOC Information Documents, IOCINCWIO-IV/Inf. 5. IOC/WIOMSA: [s.l.]. 49 pp.
Part of: IOC Information Documents. UNESCO: Paris, more

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    The Marine Science Country Profile (MSCP) is a tool designed to assist individuals, local and international organisations and governments, in making informed decisions regarding allocation of funds to marine sciences programmes, and identification of programmes to be undertaken. It provides an overview of infrastructure in terms of facilities, training and education which may be required to support proposed programmes. In short, the MSCP is supposed to reveal the true picture of the marine sciences in a country, with respect to the available resources (e.g. personnel, facilities, etc.) as well as strengths and deficiencies in the national marine sciences capabilities. The MSCP provides the following: I. a general outline of the main productive activities and sea-related infrastructures within the country’s economy, as well as relevant national institutions and policies, particularly those concerned with research and education in marine science and technology; II. an objective view of national capabilities in marine science and technology, including institutional aspects, scientific and technical personnel, infrastructures, laboratories and working facilities at sea, common support services, etc. III. an assessment of available information and data with a view to determining bottlenecks and other constraining factors. The Kenya Marine Science Country Profile is produced within the framework of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) - Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) co-operation and as a contribution to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme. The MSCP has also been prepared for the following other countries in the WIO region; Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Comoro, Seychelles and Mauritius. These profiles contain information that has been gathered through library research and interviews with responsible individuals of various organisations. The multidisciplinary approach has been used during the preparations of these documents, since they cover physical and biological characteristics of the coastal resources and their contribution to the economy; social and economic aspects of the coastal communities; human resources, the role of various institutions in the management and development of coastal resources, and national/priorities in terms of management and development of coastal and marine resources.

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