The scarcity of information and the knowledge gap on West African seagrass beds has hindered on their conservation in the region. The ResilienSEA scholarship programme builds on this need to enhance and foster practical knowledge, as well as to address the lack of experts in the region. As such, the scholarship programme forms an integral part of the Capacity Building component of the project implemented by Wetlands International Africa, sponsored by the MAVA Foundation and led by GRID-Arendal.
The MSc scholarship project sponsors young master’s students at renowned universities in West Africa to strengthen their expertise in coastal ecosystems management in order to generate useful data on the pilot sites identified. These universities include the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar and the University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV) in Mindelo. After a rigorous selection process, four candidates where shortlisted for sponsorship. They come from the following countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea.