[Meeting-announcements] No. 08/15 - SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOPS ON BASIC STATISTICS FOR ANALYSING A RANGE OF COASTAL ECOLOGICAL, SOCIAL AND FISHERIES DATA
HeleneL at spc.int
Wed Sep 3 21:35:55 EDT 2008
TO : Representatives of Governments and Administrations;
SPC Fisheries Contacts; No.: 08/15
DATE : 2 September 2008
SUBJECT : SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOPS ON BASIC STATISTICS FOR ANALYSING
A RANGE OF COASTAL ECOLOGICAL, SOCIAL AND FISHERIES DATA
PURPOSE OF NOTICE
1. This is a request for nominations for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Sub-regional workshops on basic statistics for analysing a range of coastal ecological, social and fisheries data that will be held in Noumea in December 2008, as specified in the following paragraphs.
2. These workshops are being organised as part of the EU-funded Pacific Regional Oceanic and Coastal Fisheries Development Programme (PROCFish Coastal Component and CoFish) for the 17 participating ACP countries and OCT territories (Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna). Separate funding is available to cover participation of non-PROCFish/C and CoFish countries and territories (Tokelau, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).
3. There will be two workshops altogether with a maximum of 11 participants per workshop. The arrangements are:
a) The first workshop will be held in Noumea from 01-05 December 2008, and will cover participants from American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands and the Solomon Islands; and
b) The second workshop will be held in Noumea from 08-12 December 2008, and will cover participants from the New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau, Fiji Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
4. This notice is a request for SPC member governments and territory administrations to formally nominate one participant to the Sub-regional workshops on basic statistics for analysing a range of coastal ecological, social and fisheries data. Given the focus of the training workshop, SPC is seeking the following skills and experience in the participant to be nominated:
a) Must be working in a fisheries department or related work area where basic analysis of data is a requirement of their position;
b) Must have computer experience, and experience in using Excel as this is the software to be used for data analysis;
c) Must have a basic knowledge of sums, products, divisions, squares, percentages and basic x/y graphs;
d) Nominations should be received by Friday 24 October 2008; and
e) The workshops will be conducted in English and all course materials will also be in English.
Note that SPC is an equal-opportunity institution.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF TRAINING WORKSHOP
5. Coastal fisheries mainly comprise subsistence and small-scale artisanal fisheries, and accordingly, most of the activities in this sector are 'informal' and generally officially undocumented. Reef fish and invertebrates make up a major component of the coastal fisheries catch for both subsistence needs and livelihoods, yet little is known about the effect fishing activities are having on the numerous species, and the status of these resources. As a result, decision-makers and managers have little information on which to base rational management decisions for reef fishery resources.
6. One of the goals of the EU-funded PROCFish/C and CoFish projects is to provide a baseline, and help fill the massive information gap hindering the effective management of reef resources, and to provide training for capacity building to assist local fisheries departments in this area. During the in-country fieldwork and training activities, basic data analysis has been identified by many fisheries departments as an area where training is needed. Therefore the current sub-regional workshops have been arranged to meet the requests of member countries and territories.
7. The major objective of these workshops is to equip participants from each country or territory with basic statistical skills that can be used with a range of data related to different aspects of coastal fisheries. Participants will be familiarised with different analysis techniques using Excel software.
PROVISIONAL OUTLINE OF TRAINING
8. The following will be covered during the workshop:
a) Basic descriptive statistics and proportions (mean, standard deviation, range, ratios, percentages ...);
b) Basic graphs for univariate statistics;
c) Sampling distributions (of the mean, standard deviation, ...);
d) Confidence intervals (for the mean, standard deviation ...);
e) Analysing weighted data
f) T-tests (independent samples, paired samples, proportions, etc);
g) One-way ANOVA (for independent samples);
h) Chi-square tests;
i) Methods for estimating catches in data-poor situations; and
j) Data interpretation.
9. Both workshops will be conducted in English and course materials will also be in English.
10. Financial support is only available for one official nomination from each SPC member government or administration. Formal nominations need to be made through their official SPC contact point by Friday 24 October 2008, with the following information required:
a) The names of the officially nominated participant; and
b) A copy of the nominated participant's passport photo page.
11. An economy class return ticket by the most economical route will be provided to all SPC-funded participants. If participants choose to travel by a route other than the one proposed, all additional costs will be at their own expense. Travel orders will not be issued until the formal nomination has been received.
12. A per-diem will be provided to SPC-funded participants. Hotel accommodation can be booked at the SPC Secretariat rate, but the payment of all costs will be the responsibility of each participant. SPC will make the booking for those nominated for the training.
13. The SPC will organise airport transportation as necessary from Tontouta International Airport to Noumea (55 km). This service is free for all participants who request it.
14. Please note that New Caledonia requires the nationals of some SPC member countries to have a visa in their passports before arrival, and will not normally issue a visa upon arrival unless:
a) Reciprocal arrangements have been agreed (this applies to passport holders of Australia, New Zealand, USA, European Union member states, Canada, and Japan, who are not required to hold visas before entering New Caledonia).
b) There is no visa-issuing French Embassy or Consulate in the country of departure of the delegate. In which case, SPC will attempt to arrange for a visa to be issued on arrival in Noumea providing that the Secretariat is advised of the delegate's name, title, fax and phone numbers, and receives by fax a copy of his passport's photo page at least two weeks prior to arrival in order to prepare the supporting documentation. This applies particularly to passport-holders of Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu, who will normally be issued with a visitor's visa on arrival in New Caledonia, provided sufficient notice is given to SPC.
15. French missions are present in the region in Australia (Sydney and Canberra), Fiji (Suva), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington), Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby), and Vanuatu (Port Vila), thus Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu passport holders are required to obtain a visa before departure. It should also be noted that two weeks is the normal time needed to apply for and receive a visa.
16. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community does not insure participants while attending the workshops or during travel to and from New Caledonia and will not be responsible for any expenses arising out of sickness, injury, other disability or loss of life. It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel is covered by insurance.
§ Official nominations to: Lindsay Chapman, Coastal Fisheries Programme Manager, (email: LindsayC at spc.int (copy to MarieThereseB at spc.int), fax +687 26 38 18)
§ Administrative issues, visa documentation, etc: Marie-Thérèse Bui, Project Administrator, Reef Fisheries Observatory (email: MarieThereseB at spc.int; tel +687 26 20 00, fax +687 26 38 18).
§ Information on the workshop content: Lindsay Chapman, Coastal Fisheries Programme Manager, (email: LindsayC at spc.int (copy to MarieThereseB at spc.int), fax +687 26 38 18).
Dr Jimmie Rodgers
Original text: English
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