Invited by Tanzania Science and Technology Commission and Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, the team of five people including Shen Ji, director of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Zhang Lu, head of Science and Technology Division, and Researcher Chen Shuang, successfully visited Tanzania from April 18 to 29.
The team, headed by Shen Ji, firstly went to Kigoma to inspect the construction and development of the laboratory jointly constructed by Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology and the Kigoma Center of Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute. Doctor I.A.Kimerei, director of the Kigoma Center of Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, introduced the basic situation and progresses of each programs in the Kigoma Center in detail and expressed his gratitude to Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology for its long time support. Doctor I.A.Kimirei accompanied the delegation to inspect the scientific research of the watershed. In Kigoma, the delegation of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology were met enthusiastically by Maganga, governor of Kigoma province. Governor Maganga highly evaluated the works performed by Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology and Tanzannia Fisheries Research Institute. He hoped that Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology could pay attention to the local problems of water environment and regional development and provided more scientific supports for the social and scientific development of the catchment of Lake Tanganyik on the basis of improving the inspecting level on water resources and water environment.
During the visit, the delegation of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology together with the team of Chinese Academy of Science that was invited to Tanzania and headed by Bai Chunli, president Chinese Academy of Science, visited Tanzania Science and Technology Commission and Tanzania Academy of Science and communicated with relevant institutions of Chinese Academy of Science and our institute’s scientific research progresses and tentative plans in Tanzania. In the afternoon of April 25, witnessed by President Bai Chunli and Director Hassan Mshinda of Tanzania Science and Technology Commission, Shen Ji, director of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, signed the cooperation memorandum with Semvus I. Mzighani, director of Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, agreed to further strengthen the mutual cooperation in personnel communication and scientific researches, and reached to an agreement on jointly constructing “Research Station of the Great Lake of East Africa and Urban Ecology”. The signature of the cooperation memorandum further deepened the cooperation between Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology and Tanzania and started a new era for the “Middle Africa Center” of our institute and the works of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology in Tanzania.
Accompanied by Semvua I. Mzighan, director of Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, the research institute delegation also visited Doctor Yohana L Budeba, permanent secretary of Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery. Secretary Yohana L Budeba earnestly listened to Shen Ji about the introduction of relevant researching situations of the research institute and highly evaluated the works of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology in Tanzania. He hoped that both can further expand the cooperation fields, deepen the cooperation and provide strong supports for the inspection of water environment and the protection and development of fisheries of Tanzania.
Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute is subordinate to Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery. It is a most important state research institute in the researching field of fishery and water environment of Tanzania and has established a good cooperation with our institute since 2008. Focusing on the catchment of Lake Tanganyika, both sides started an effective researching cooperation. Lake Tanganyika is one of the most important lakes in Tanzania. It is the second deepest lake in the world, with 15% fresh water of the world and rich biodiversity, and has a great researching value. In recent years, with the development of economy, the catchment of Lake Tanganyika faces an increasing pressure of the environment. Chen Shuang Research Group of our institute, with the support of Science and Technology Department and the Middle Africa Center of Chinese Academy of Science, make efforts to improve the local ability in inspecting water environment and have carried out lots of work and made positive progresses in personnel training, the construction of laboratory, environment inspection and the catchment safety research.