Countries in the Western Indian Ocean are endowed with coastal and marine ecosystems rich in biodiversity and luxuriant resources that are important to the wellbeing of their people. However, these resources are under pressure from a variety of natural and man-made factors, including; resource overexploitation, pollution, unplanned coastal development and climate change. Marine litter is becoming a significant contributor to marine pollution in the World Oceans and Western Indian Ocean (WIO), is not exempt. Over 80% of marine pollution that constitute marine litter
Deteriorating quality of the coastal waters of the ASCLME region poses a significant threat to public health as well as to the health of its living marine resources and ecosystems – and thus also to the economy to which fisheries revenues, for example, contribute US$943 million annually (ASCLME). The sources of pollution which contribute to this deterioration include both land-based and marine and maritime related activities.
A presentation was made toprovide a broad overview on the grounding of MV Wakashio, the oil spill and the measures
Though oil spills have decreased over the decades, the threat of a major oil spill still poses significant threats to the ecosystems and coastlines of the WIO.
The workshop, organised under the framework of theNairobi Convention
The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) regional Science to Policy Workshop aimed to promote the linkages between science and policy for evidence-based decision-making and provide timely technical advice and policy recommendations. The 2021 workshop was themed ‘Transition to a Sustainable Western Indian Ocean Blue Economy: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities.
The expected outputs of the workshop were: