Project briefing/Initiation Workshop
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in partnership with the University of Nottingham (UK) and other partners, is organizing an initiation workshop on Feb, 23, 2018 for the ‘Rising from the Depth - RftD’ project on. This is Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF’s) Project that aims to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage (MCH) can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.
The project will establish and maintain a trans-boundary and cross-sector network of arts and humanities-led researchers, government officers, scientists, policy makers, UN officials, NGOs, ICT professionals and specialists working in heritage, infrastructure and the offshore industry, to identify new opportunities and methodologies for protecting and utilizing the marine cultural heritage of East Africa to stimulate alternative sources of income, foster local identities, and enhance the value and impact of overseas aid in the marine sector.
MCH is under threat in the Western Indian Ocean region, from natural and climate driven coastal change as well as intensification in coastal and offshore development. Taking a holistic approach to marine heritage, RftD Project seeks to integrate scholarship on East Africa’s coastal built heritage, underwater sites, environments, natural resources, material practices and living traditions into new conversations, resulting in an enhanced understanding of the region’s MCH.
The University of Nottingham is leading the project in collaboration with University project partners (Roehampton, Bournemouth, Ulster, York in the UK, Uppsala in Sweden and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique) and a range of international organisations and groups in the WIO region.
The kick-off meeting at KMFRI, Mombasa, would establish the kind of activities that would potentially be supported by the RftD Project under the broad area of marine cultural heritage (MCH).
To consult a wide range of academic and stakeholder groups to ensure the co-creation of a Marine Cultural Heritage research framework that addresses real community needs.
Venue and Date
Mombasa, KMFRI Auditorium, 23rd FEBRUARY 2018
Amina Juma Hamza Dr. Jon Henderson
Research Scientist, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology,
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute University of Nottingham
NB: Attendance is by invitation