Flower E. Msuya

Founder & Chairperson, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative and senior researcher, Tanzania

Portrait Flower Msuya

Flower E. Msuya is a freelance senior researcher and expert in seaweed aquaculture with over 30 years of experience. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (www.seaweedcluster.or.tz) in Tanzania, where she connects farmers and small-scale processors with research, government and the private sector. Msuya has worked with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, including with its Department of Botany on the GlobalSeaweedSTAR project. She has also worked in starting and promoting seaweed farming and value addition in Mauritius (and Rodrigue), Mayotte, Mozambique and Kenya. She also pioneered the start of seaweed farming in southern Tanzania between 1995 and 1996.

For the past six years, Msuya has researched the impact of climate change on seaweed and is particularly committed to developing farming technologies to curb the impact of climate change, increase seaweed production and improve farmers’ livelihoods. She was the first person to produce the first seaweed value-added product in Tanzania in 2006 – prior to her work, there were no seaweed products in the country. Her work has helped especially marginalized women to improve their livelihoods by producing seaweed products.

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Zaidy Afrin

UN Fellow of Government of Grenada´s Blue Innovation Institute & Ph.D. Candidate at World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

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Vera Agostini

Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy

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Kristal Ambrose

Founder and Director, Bahamas Plastic Movement; Ph.D. Candidate, World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

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Steven Bograd

Supervisory Research Oceanographer, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Institute of Marine Sciences (UCSC), USA

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Jens Brandenburg

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

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Adam Ceesay

Programme Manager, Wetlands International Africa (WIACO), Dakar, Senegal

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Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

Doctor and Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

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Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

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Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish, Malaysia

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Nina Jensen

CEO, REV Ocean, Norway

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Jorge Arturo Jiménez

Director General, MarViva Foundation for Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

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Anna Jöborn

CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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Isabella Lövin

Chair, Stockholm Environment Institute & Co-chair, Friends of Ocean Action & Author, Sweden

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Ingrid Lomelde

Vice President Sustainability, Aker Offshore Wind, Norway 

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Carolyn Lundquist

Associate Professor at University of Auckland, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

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Flower E. Msuya

 Senior Researcher, Founder & Chairperson, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative, Tanzania

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Christian Müller

Head of marine resource exploration, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 

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Christiana Naana Sam

Fish Biologist, Teaching Assistant, University of Bergen, Norway

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Alexis Papathanassis

Professor for Cruise Tourism Management, the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Kemal Pinarbasi

Project Researcher, HELCOM Secretariat, Finland 

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Angelique Pouponneau

Policy Adviser to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Seychelles

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Michele Quesada da Silva

Marine Spatial Planning Consultant, IOC-UNESCO, France 

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

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Jörn Schmidt

Chair of Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

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Merete Tandstad

EAF-Nansen Programme Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy