Restoring the integrated native terrestrial habitat and seabird community of Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius.

The project seeks to advance ecosystems restoration on Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, a site of national and international biodiversity importance, and the surrounding sea. Recognising that terrestrial conservation and seabird colony re-establishment has benefits for both land and marine ecosystems, the project will conduct focused, seabird friendly, habitat restoration and seabird attraction.

Assessment of Blue Carbon Ecosystem (Seagrass) around the island of Mauritius

Seagrass ecosystems have been recently acknowledged for their blue carbon potential. Blue carbon, is a recent concept used to refer to organic carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. Mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds possess enormous potential to capture, store and release carbon. These blue carbon ecosystems are considered important natural carbon sink sources.

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) technical working group

There is a need for improved regional cooperation to establish a consistent and appropriate definition of MSP that will best serve the needs of the countries within the WIO. This is aligned with two decisions of the 8th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention that was held in Seychelles during June 2015:

Regional Task Force on Water Quality

The overall responsibility of the Regional Task Force on Water Quality (RTF-WQ) is to support the PMU in the effective implementation of activities defined in Component B of the Programme, while specific responsibilities will be to:

§ Support the review of concepts and proposals submitted to the PMU for funding including giving technical support for the improvement of proposals considered viable for funding;

Critical Habitats Task Force

 
The overall responsibility of the Regional Task Force for Critical Habitats (RTF-CH) is to support the PMU in the effective implementation of activities defined in Component A of the Programme, while specific responsibilities will include:
 
§ Support the review of concepts and proposals submitted to the PMU for funding including giving technical support for the improvement of proposals considered viable for funding;
 

Forum of Academic and Research Institutions in the Western Indian Ocean Region (FARI)

FARI was established under the Fourth Conference of Parties (COP) of the Nairobi Convention Decision CP 4/ parts 3 and 4 which directed the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, in collaboration with other organizations, to facilitate the establishment of the network of academic and research institutions in the region.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean

Partner's Location: 

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development in order to understand and effectively manage the resources of the ocean and coastal areas.

Oceanographic Research Institute of South Africa (ORI)

Partner's Location: 

The Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) is a division of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAA