The Partnership on Science to Policy Forum held at Mahe, Seychelles, 11-12th October 2016: Report of the Forum

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The meeting on the Partnership on Science to Policy Forum was organized by the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in Mahe, Seychelles on the 11-12 October 2016. It was attended by about 60 participants including the Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change of Seychelles, Hon. Didier Dogley, Secretary of State in charge of the Ocean, Government of Madagascar, Hon. Dr. Ylenia Randrianarisoa, Directors of Environment and Fisheries, representatives of research institutions and universities, senior experts, regional partners and non-governmental organizations from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.

The meeting was supported and co-financed by a number of regional partners including WIOMSA, IOC, the Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea Ecosystems in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) project that is being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Kenya which supported the participation of various universities representatives from Kenya. International partners also supported the workshop and these included the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) from Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) from the United Kingdom, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) from France.

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