Western Indian Ocean Science to Policy Platform – 2023
The 2023 Western Indian Ocean Science to Policy Platform meeting is being organized in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), and with support of the GEF-funded WIOSAP and SAPPHIRE projects, the Partnership project for marine and coastal governance and fisheries management for sustainable blue growth (NC-SWIOFC), and the EU Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (EU-MEAs) Project.
This edition’s theme is Addressing Global Targets in the WIO in support of a Sustainable Blue Economy.
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In preparation for the 2023 Science to Policy Forum to be held between 5 – 7 December 2023 in Maputo, Mozambique, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat will reach out to policy experts to prepare discussion papers on selected initiatives relevant to the meeting’s theme.
A call for discussion papers will also be circulated to potentially provide a scientific basis for decision-making at both national and regional levels regarding the meeting’s theme and sub-themes.
Discussion Papers from Policy Experts: Specific policy experts will be contacted to prepare policy-oriented papers aligned with selected initiatives and the proposed meeting theme/sub-themes. These papers will serve as keynote presentations and address various aspects, including the implementation of international instruments, the role of science, policy limitations, and regional contributions to global debates.
Discussion Papers from Other Experts: Papers received through the call for discussion papers will be presented, and each paper should address one or more of the sub-themes and contribute to addressing specific areas. The papers are expected to have regional relevance and applicability, align with WIO country priorities, and potentially provide the scientific basis for decision-making at both national and regional levels.
Authors Notification: Authors of selected papers will be informed in advance of the meeting to allow them to prepare for their presentations.
Review and Selection: The submitted papers will be reviewed for alignment with the Nairobi Convention’s work program, relevance to emerging WIO issues, alignment with global strategies, and focus on regional rather than specific areas.
Paper Structure: All discussion papers should follow a structured format, including background and rationale, linkage to regional and global processes, the subject matter, and recommendations of both technical and policy nature. Papers should be concise, not exceeding five A4 pages, and adhere to specified formatting guidelines.