Underpinning Sustainable Ecosystem Management of Seaweed Resources in Africa (SEA WEED AFRICA)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Confirming the international role of Community research

Project Details

Start date: 01/11/2001
End date: 31/10/2004
Funding: 999153 EUR


Despite its enormous coastline and burgeoning coastal populations, Africa has not seen major developments of a seaweed industry except in Tanzania and South Africa and recently in Mozambique. In fact, there seems to be a relative paucity of local knowledge of seaweeds despite the incredible biodiversity, which is particularly high on the east coast. In some areas, such as Namibia and the west coast of South Africa, up welling of cold water shows enormous potential for mar culture development if the right algae and management techniques can be found. There is also considerable potential for the extension of Eucheuma cultivation to other tropical and subtropical countries. The main objective of the present project is to aid and accelerate this process by developing the Seaweed Database, currently a nomenclature and taxonomic source, to include a full range of validated information under the headings of ecological, commercial and technological data,

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