Tanzanian ecologist to speak at URI on coastal economics in developing countries

Tanzanian ecologist to speak at URI
on coastal economics in developing countries
Honors Colloquium lecture is on Nov. 27

KINGSTON, R.I. — Nov. 19, 2001 — Tanzanian ecologist Magnus Ngoile, an expert in fisheries science, marine ecology and population biology, will discuss “Creating Economic Opportunities in Sensitive Coastal Environments” as part of the University of Rhode Island’s fall Honors Colloquium.

Ngoile’s lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 271 in the Chafee Social Science Center on URI’s Kingston Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Ngoile is director general of the National Environment Management Council in Tanzania where he specializes in national and regional involvement in the establishment of integrated coastal management.

In 1989, he launched a national effort to establish marine parks and reserves to conserve ocean biodiversity in his native Tanzania. Ngoile collected baseline data in the Zanzibar Islands, which led to the opening in 1995 of Tanzania’s first marine reserve, Mafia Island Marine Park.

He earned a Pew Fellowship in 1999, which allowed him to help build the capacity of poor coastal communities in the Kilwa District of Tanzania to control their own marine resources and adopt integrated coastal management practices that support sustainable fisheries.

Ngoile is a founding board member of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association. He received a bachelor’s of science in zoology, botany and education from the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, a masters of science in fisheries science from Humboldt State University in California and a doctorate in fisheries science from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
For more information about the many other events of the URI Honors Colloquium, visit www.uri.edu/sustainability, or call the Honors Program at 874-2303. The major sponsors of the colloquium are The Providence Journal and the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.

For Information: Todd McLeish 874-7892, Sarah Emmett 874-2116