Climate Change

A leadership workshop took place in Mombasa, Kenya, for senior leaders, officials, and policymakers in marine policy and ocean governance. The workshop, held from 27 to 29 May 2024, included 40 participants from ten countries in the region and staff from the Nairobi Convention Secretariat. The unique challenges of having a diverse mix of participants turned out to be a major benefit for building practical skills. The emphasis was on learning through repeated practice and receiving feedback.

The Nairobi Convention parties in the Western Indian Ocean are developing a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) to address maritime security, the blue economy, environment, and knowledge management. A Task Force of 24 members has been working on this since May 2022, engaging in technical dialogues to improve social, economic, and environmental challenges. The draft Strategy will be presented at COP 11 in August 2024 for possible adoption, with implementation planned from 2025 to 2028.

The Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) support team formed a task force of 24 experts to enhance the development of the ROGS. Representatives from organizations such as the Nairobi Convention, African Union, and Indian Ocean Commission are included in the task force. The team has conducted participatory technical dialogues and information sessions to co-develop the strategy. The four main clusters of focus are maritime security, blue economy, environment and natural resources, and knowledge management and capacity building.

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The overall objective of this project is to develop specific spatial data products at regional scale, for the coastal and/or marine areas of all the western Indian Ocean countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Comoros, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius and France. This report summarizes the data products, which have been prepared, on the basis of their relevance to the Large Marine Ecosystems (LME’s). The preparation of these data products involved retrieval from various sources, spatial analysis and modelling, and scaling.

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Here is a report of the October 2021 Focal Points meeting help in preparation for the 10th Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention.

Below are presentations made during the meeting: