Nairobi Convention

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Science to Policy Forum for the UNEP/Nairobi Convention: Agenda - July, 2018

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The relationship between environment, society and economy in urban centres are of key importance in the WIO region. In particular, there is a need to better understand these interdependencies, and the associated constraints to achieving the objectives of the SDGs, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Risk and Disaster Reduction Framework. This understanding should inform planning and decision-making in city environments.
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Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) has grown conceptually and operationally mainly in the last four decades since its inception in the United States of America in the early 1970s. The concept and practice of ICZM is not yet well understood, although it has gained widespread acceptance as a management system and vehicle for rational and sustainable utilization of coastal zone resources and uses.

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The Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention have received funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement a Project entitled ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP). The Project will be implemented and executed through a ‘Partnerships Approach’ with the UNEP Nairobi Convention Secretariat being the Executing Agency.

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SDG 14 offers a great opportunity to advance ocean sustainability in the WIO to address current and emerging threats.It is underpinned by targets addressing conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources, including coastal zones, and targets referring to capacity building and ocean governance.

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The primary objective of the mission was to officially kick-off the drafting process of the MPAs and Critical Habitats Outlooks for the Nairobi Convention countries so as to establish a baseline for SDG 14.2 and 14.5 and encourage governments to work towards 10/20 target.

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The Nairobi Convention holds a Conference of Contracting Parties (COPs) after two years to review the implementation of decisions of past COPs. The Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention held the Eighth Conference of Parties (COP8) on 22-24 June 2015 in Mahe, Seychelles. The meeting was organized in two segments: experts meeting on 22 June 2015; and Heads of Delegation meeting on 23-24 June 2015. At the Heads of Delegation meeting, 15 decisions were adopted.

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Focal Points, government representatives as well as representatives of partner organisations, Indian Ocean Commission and UNEP attended the Nairobi Convention Focal Points Meeting on 26 February 2014 in Mombasa, Kenya. The meeting was organized by the Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention at the kind invitation of the Government of Kenya.

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The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region was convened by the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi from 17 to 21 June 1985, and attended by the representatives of France (Réunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, the United Republic of Tanzania and the European Community.