Tanzania appoints new Focal Point to the Nairobi Convention

Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties each appoint a Focal Point in order to help coordinateefforts to protect, manage, and use the Western Indian Ocean at the national level. In practicalterms, this means the Focal Point is responsible for liaising between the Nairobi ConventionSecretariat, other Contracting Parties, and national bodies; coordinating national-level activitiesthat involve multiple stakeholders and…

Third Project Steering Committee Meeting for the WIOSAP Project

On 25-27 June 2019, parties to the Nairobi Convention held their third Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities (WIOSAP) project. The WIOSAP project aims at reducing land-based stresses on the Western Indian Ocean through the sustainable…

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First-ever SAPPHIRE Project Steering Committee Meeting Held

On 25-27 June 2019, Focal Points for the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine EcosystemStrategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) projectmet for the first-ever Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting in Durban, South Africa. TheGEF-funded SAPPHIRE project, executed by the Nairobi Convention and implemented by UNDP,is designed to promote ocean governance by supporting necessary policy…

Sailboat tourism _ Yannick Beaudoin_ Seychelles 2016_ GRID-Arendal

Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Commissions in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Across the continent, (RECs) and Commissions have been recognized as key partners in the protection of marine and coastal environments. The African Union, for example, has appointed RECs to be the Focal Points for development initiatives under Agenda 2063 (a 2015 framework that has the Blue Economy contributing to continental transformation and growth as an…

Chumbe Island Coral Park Tanzania Peter Prokosch 2016 Grid Arendal

Marine Spatial Planning: Status, Best Practices, and Challenges in the Western Indian Ocean Region

On 28 to 29 March 2019, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat gathered representatives from the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) and other states, NGOs, and academics in Tanzania to take stock of the progress made in the region in the adoption of MSP at both policy and on-ground implementation for enhanced sustainable management of coastal and marine…