As part of the capacity building activities of MESA programme for the IOC thematic action, the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) organised the MESA-IOC-MOI Regional Training Workshop on “Communicating Scientific Information to Policy Makers” from the 8th to 12th August 2016 at the Aanari Hotel in Flic en Flac, Mauritius.
A total of 27 participants coming from Comoros, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius attended the training workshop. These included the National Focal Points as well as the technical focal points of the countries participating in the Action.
The objective of this training was to improve decision making and the development of policies based on the scientific data, products and bulletins that are generated under the MESA-IOC theme. The training was conducted by Ms Joy Owango from the Training Centre in Communication, University of Nairobi.
Participants received training on: different ways to communicate scientific information contained in MESA products/bulletins to decision makers and policy makers; formulation of policy briefs; identification of the most appropriate policy audience; preparation of written communication materials; innovative approaches for sharing scientific/thematic information; and tips for media interviews.