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.

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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Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities


The Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms

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Nairobi Convention Marine and Coastal News Round-up (03 July 2020)

COVID-19 disruptions in ocean observations could threaten weather forecast and climate change predictions. This briefing note points out that there has been unprecedented disruptions in the ability to access the ocean from research vessels and some commercial vessels during the pandemic period. Interestingly, there has also been activity by the community to mitigate the impacts.

Nairobi Convention Marine and Coastal News Round-up (26 June 2020)

This article in the latest issue of ECO Magazine highlights the Western Indian Ocean Global Coral Monitoring Network (GCRMN) coral reef network’s efforts to share and report on coral data as an essential part of motivating action to save coral reefs. It discusses how collaborative data aggregation initiatives are helping to support critical research to inform management of coral reefs at the local to global scales.

Nairobi Convention Marine and Coastal News Round-up (19 June 2020)

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat is looking for a Project Management Assistant to provide support in tasks related to the implementation of the SIDA funded partnership project between the Nairobi Convention and SWIOFC.


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