ABOUT THE NAIROBI CONVENTION

The Western Indian Ocean is being degraded by activities that harm marine life, undermine coastal communities and negatively affect human health. These threats make it more important than ever for governments in the region to work together to strengthen protection of the ocean.

Administered by UNEP, the Nairobi Convention—signed by ComorosFranceKenyaMadagascarMauritiusMozambiqueSeychellesSomaliaTanzania and the Republic of South Africa — provides a platform for governments, civil society, and the private sector to work together for the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment.

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CONTRACTING PARTIES

The Nairobi Convention area extends from Somalia in the north to South Africa in the south, covering 10 African States.

The participating countries are:

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Comoros
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France
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Kenya
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Madagascar
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Mauritius
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Mozambique
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Republic of South Africa
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Seychelles
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Somalia
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Tanzania, United Republic of
The 10th Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention

The Conference of Parties (COP) is the decision-making forum of the Nairobi Convention where policies and strategies are agreed on to continue the protection, management, and development of the Western Indian Ocean. The Nairobi Convention’s 10th Conference of Parties (COP10) was organized by the Nairobi Convention in collaboration with the Government of Madagascar.

COP10 webpage
Marine Protected Areas Outlook for the Western Indian Ocean

The MPA Outlook, from the Nairobi Convention and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, documents progress made by countries in the region towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 14.5 and provides lessons and opportunities to increase momentum for achieving post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework targets.

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LATEST NEWS
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Diverse Task Force Convened to Co-Develop WIO Ocean Governance Strategy

Inspired by, and contributing to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Cairo Declaration of 2015, Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention adopted  a Decision to develop a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) at their 10th Conference of Parties (COP) in November 2021. The Nairobi Convention Secretariat is actively supporting…

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Strengthening the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Blue Economy

Through Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and a Regional Information Management Strategy (IMS) Our oceans and seas are the planet’s largest ecosystem. As such, they play a huge role in influencing climates and are vital to our blue economies. As such, we should be obligated to use ocean and sea resources sustainably, for future generations. The…

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OUR RESOURCES

Publications and Tools

Publications and Tools

Quick access to Nairobi Convention’s frequently searched publications and tools. 

Clearinghouse Mechanism

Clearinghouse Mechanism

The Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse – data and information for improved management and protection of the Western Indian Ocean

Community of Practice

Community of Practice

Welcome to the Nairobi Convention Community of Practice. Connect and interact with fellow experts, colleagues, and group members.