ARBEC 2022

The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

Important conference dates

15th July, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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  • KMFRI DG, Prof James Njiru (right) exchange collaboration documents with President of National Institute of Oceanography (NIOF) of Egypt Prof. Amr Hamouda during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Africa chapter meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 10th May, 2022
  • Director-General Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) met with Prof. Stuart Hamilton (middle) of Salisbury University in the United States today at the KMFRI Nairobi offices to discuss collaboration on new projects.
  • KMFRI Director General Prof. James Njiru (right) with NHIF CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo during a meeting on 26th January, 2022 to discuss the enhanced comprehensive medical insurance cover for KMFRI staff
  • National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Hon Silas Tiren (seated 4th left) with his committee members pose for a photo with KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (seated 2nd right) with his Board members and KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru at KMFRI, Mombasa, on 27th July 2021.
  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.

Background
Water, as we know, is a sign of life. Indeed, aquatic habitats provide ecosystem services to communities all around the world. Overexploitation, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change have all put a strain on aquatic ecosystems in recent years, resulting in altered structure and functioning, biodiversity loss, reduced water quality and supply, food insecurity through reduced fish productivity, and a reduction in the quality of a variety of other ecosystem goods and services. This situation is further exacerbated by the impact of climate change on both agricultural productivity and fish production. As fragile ecosystems are threatened, scientific and technological advancements are on the rise, providing practical answers to the aforementioned concerns as well as enhancing ecosystems and communities' resilience and adaptability for a sustainable future.

The Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), which will be held in Kisumu, Kenya, in November 2022, will bring together researchers, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from around the world to share their experiences and lessons learned about how to use aquatic resources wisely for human sustenance, prosperity, and the blue economy connection. The conference's deliberations will be a step toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as zero hunger and life under water, among other national and regional development agendas. 

Conference Theme
Aquatic resources for a sustainable future and blue economy prosperity.

Conference Subthemes

  1. Fisheries (Fisheries governance and management, fish stocks and ecosystems, resource users including fishers)
  2. Aquaculture (Status, production, technologies, value chains, emerging issues)
  3. Aquatic ecosystem pollution and biomonitoring (Biodiversity, habitat, conservation, climate change, pollution, policy and legal framework, control etc)
  4. Science, technology and innovations in aquatic resources and blue economy (Advances in fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, bioprospecting)
  5. Blue Economy (Maritime, fisheries, minerals, spatial planning, mariculture and freshwater aquaculture, economics, policies and legal framework etc
  6. Plastic and microplastic pollution

Conference dates:
28th  November  - 1st December 2022

Venue:
Kisumu, Kenya

Call for abstracts:
Interested presenters should send an abstract of at least 200 words but no more than 300 words in English* to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th July, 2022. Background, purpose, methodology, findings, and conclusions should all be included in the abstract.

By August 31, 2022, the scientific committee will have reviewed all abstracts and will have sent all decision letters. Abstracts might be accepted as poster or oral (PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters who have been accepted to deliver oral presentations must submit a full paper by 30th September, 2022

* Once the manuscripts have been reviewed, guidelines for preparing presentations (oral and poster) and manuscripts will be provided. *

Abstract Timeline

1st May 2022

Call for abstracts open

15th July 2022:

Deadline for submission of abstracts

31st August 2022:

Abstract decision letters emailed

1st November 2022:

Registration deadline for presenters

 

NB: Persons wishing to submit a paper for consideration in the special issues of international journals should submit their full paper by 30th September 2022

 

Registration
Registration will open on 1st September 2022.

Registration fees

  • Regular fee USD 100
  • Student fee 70 USD
  • Exhibition fee 200

Host

  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

Co-hosts

  • African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)
  • Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)
  • Gatsby Africa
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

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