Maputo Bay, situated in the southern part of the country, encompasses the coastal regions of Maputo and Matola, forming the largest metropolitan area in the country with a major commercial port. The bay is home to diverse coastal and marine ecosystems, including mangroves, seaweed banks, coral reefs, and dune forests. These ecosystems face significant urban and industrial influences. Fishing plays a crucial role in the bay's economy, with resources like shrimp, pelagic fish, and demersal rock fish supporting small-scale fishers.
In 2019, Madagascar was chosen as one of three countries to participate in the Sida funded SWIOFC-Nairobi Convention partnership project focused on Marine and Coastal Governance and Fisheries Management for Sustainable Blue Growth. The project aims to address concerns related to fisheries and the environment through coordinated interventions.
The Information Management Strategy (IMS) roadmap provides the general timeline of activities leading to the adoption of the IMS at the eleventh Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention. The CLI workshops to be offered to the MSWG will be four days long, two days per week over two consecutive weeks. The process webinars will fall between the workshops and will last for at least two to three hours. The guidance by ZMT and the contribution of the regional multi-stakeholder working group will continue throughout the duration of IMS development.