2015

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The Eighth Conference of Parties (COP8) for the Nairobi Convention was held from 17-24 June 2015, in Victoria, Seychelles, under the theme “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years”.
 
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Ministers and delegates from 54 African nations met in Cairo March 2-6, 2015 at the 15th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), where they agreed to optimize the use of the continent’s abundant natural resources for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. 
 
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A presentation by Dr. Kwame Koranteng on Making the best use of the Nansen Data Through The Nairobi Convention Platform. FAO/EAF-Nansen Project is as an emerging partner for the Nairobi Convention. The project Support fisheries policy formulation Support fisheries management Ecosystem assessments and monitoring Supporting oil and gas initiatives Capacity Buildingunderlies all activities

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Coastal communities in Kenya have adopted the use of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) to conserve fisheries and marine resources and as a way of securing alternative livelihood activities. However, these LMMAs have been established in a somewhat ad hoc manner due to a lack of guidelines for their development and implementation. In this review we sought to determine if there are generic approaches and methods that LMMAs in Kenya have adopted that can be used for developing national guidelines. We also examined challenges and lessons learnt from the various LMMAs on the Kenyan coast.

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Presentation at the UNEP- European Commission Workshop on Regional Ocean Governance by the Head of the Nairobi Convention, Mr.Dixon Waruinge.

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Marine industries face a number of risks that necessitate careful analysis prior to making decisions on the siting of operations and facilities. An important emerging regulatory framework on environmental sustainability for business operations is the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6 (IFC PS6). Within PS6, identification of biodiversity significance is articulated through the concept of “Critical Habitat”, a definition developed by the IFC and detailed through criteria aligned with those that support internationally accepted biodiversity designations.

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The Coastal Governance Index is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, commissioned by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and California Environmental Associates. Hilary Steiner and Jimena Serrano were the project managers. The quantitative index underlying this report measures the extent of government regulation and management across 20 key ocean economies to assess the state of play in the environment for effective coastal governance.

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The Nairobi Convention Work Programme and Role of Partners. A presentation by Nansen project on 19 June, 2015

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This month, the NAPA began our saga on the governance of protected areas in Africa. This issue quickly draws the overall context and future editions will be dedicated to the specific aspects of the different governance models namely: the private sector, and then governance by both the State and communities.