Western Indian Ocean (WIO)

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Coastal cities are gateways of trade and transport of countries in the WIO region and sites of key economic activity and infrastructure including ports, airports, hotels and fish markets, as well as providing the workforce that supports key blue economy sectors.

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association and UN Habitat, in partnership with the Nairobi Convention launched a portfolio of 6 reports on 15 December 2021. The reports focus on strategic and operational opportunities for city and Blue economy stakeholders.

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The fourth SAPPHIRE Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting was held to:

i) Review the SAPPHIRE project progress and expenditure to date,

ii) Approve the project’s workplan and budget for 2022,

iii) Appraise the ongoing mid-term review,

iv) Review the progress in the development of the regional Ocean Governance Strategy, and