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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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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The 11th 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 11th Conference of Parties (COP11) is scheduled for August 20-22, 2024. COP 11 will be hosted in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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The Western Indian Ocean Science to Policy Platform

The Western Indian Ocean Science to Policy Platform (SPP) is a multi-stakeholder intermediary, bridging gaps between science, policy, and society in the WIO region. It supports Nairobi Convention efforts by integrating scientific evidence, fostering an understanding of environmental challenges, and facilitating evidence-based decision-making for sustainable coastal and marine development.

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Journey Toward the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention- COP 11

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, celebrated for its rich marine biodiversity and vital ecosystems like coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves, confronts mounting threats from anthropogenic and climate change-induced phenomena. Coral bleaching, sea-level rise, and intensified extreme weather events are among the pressing challenges endangering the region’s ecological balance. Recent catastrophic events, notably Cyclone…

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Workshop Paves Way for Enhanced Marine Spatial Planning in the Northern Mozambique Channel

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, encompassing the Northern Mozambique Channel- NMC, is rich in marine biodiversity and crucial to the livelihoods of about 10 million people. However, the region faces challenges from illegal fishing, offshore oil and gas exploration, and environmental degradation. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS)…

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