environment fisheries nexus

Strengthening the Environment-Fisheries Nexus in the Western Indian Ocean

Healthy and productive ecosystems of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) are crucial for supporting coastal and marine fisheries which are vital for economic growth, livelihoods, and food security. Protecting critical habitats is key to safeguarding these ecosystems. Secondly, effective coordination, collaboration, and knowledge sharing between fisheries and environmental governance systems are essential to address the…

Western Indian Ocean coral reefs task force workshop in comoros march 2023

Empowering a Coral Reef Task Force to Build a Stronger Frontline Against Coral Reef Destruction

Coral reefs in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region are approximately 6% (about 15, 180 km2) of the global coral reef coverage. The region is considered an important coral reef biodiversity hotspot.  Coral reefs are vital for economic activities and coastal communities due to their role in supporting sustainable fisheries for communities (estimated at US$…

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Integrating Ocean Accounting into WIO Governance and Information Management

Regional Stakeholders Collaborate to Integrate Ocean Accounting in Ocean Governance and Information Management Strategies The development of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) and Information Management Strategy (IMS) is mandated by the Nairobi Convention Conference of Parties Decision 10.8. The ROGS in particular supports the implementation of the African Ministerial Conference…

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Assessing Kenya’s Maritime Sectors: Unlocking the Potential of the Blue Economy

MOMBASA, Kenya Kenya is one of the African countries that recognizes the blue economy as a new frontier for socio-economic development. The Blue Economy (BE) involves the development and management of coastal and marine resources in a sustainable way, providing opportunities for economic growth in sectors such as tourism, shipping, and fisheries, among others. The…

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Marine Spatial Planning and Information Management in the WIO

Multi-Stakeholder Working Groups make concrete steps and process plans for the region The Nairobi Convention Secretariat in implementing the SAPPHIRE, SWIOFC and WIOGI partnership projects organized a  “Marine Spatial Planning and Information Management Capacity Building Workshop” from November 28 to December 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop aimed to increase the understanding of…

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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…

Enhancing partnerships and environmental protection through the ACP MEAs III Programme

The third Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting of the Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean, and the Pacific Countries (ACP MEAs) Programme was held from 19-20 October in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the Programme is to empower key stakeholders to address environmental challenges and to reap the benefits of…