Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography (IMBO)
As part of the University of Sierra Leone, IMBO is a research and teaching institute specialising in marine oceanographic and freshwater biological research including fisheries exploitation relevant to the needs of West African Maritime Nations. Dr Sankoh's recent project coordination activities include DelPhe and Edulink (CODWAP) capacity building projects. He is also highly familiar with Sherbro MBA and its statutes. Dr Sankoh is a graduate of the Institute of Aquaculture University of Stirling.
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IMBO will lead local coordination and implementation of field-work in the Sherbro MPA. Through its established networks it will also be the project liaison with the following project affiliates: the West African Regional Fisheries Project, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and with the MPA management and devolved Local Management Committees (LMCs). Based on previous reconnaissance work in the MPA (in collaboration with Njala University) Dr Sankoh will also liaise with oyster fisherwomen groups as the principle intended beneficiaries of the project.
IMBO will conduct baseline studies on biodiversity and levels of community dependence on the ecosystems goods and services in target areas. It will also conduct project impact assessment surveys in collaboration with Njala University and lead the supply-chain development activity (WP3).