Tim Andrew to lead SAPPHIRE project as Coordinator

We would like to inform you that Ms. Sinikinesh Beyene Jimma, who joined UNEP in 2018 as Senior Programme Management Officer, is now the new Portfolio Manager/Chief GEF-International Waters Unit, within the Marine and Freshwater Branch of UNEP’s Ecosystems Division, Nairobi. We extend our sincere thanks to Sinikinesh for her contribution in policy and strategy formulation, programme design…

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The journey has started: Towards a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy for the Western Indian Ocean

The journey has started: Towards a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy for the Western Indian Ocean “The African ocean territories are of strategic importance on the continent, as they provide opportunities to fisheries, aquaculture, and blue economy activities,” Ms. Olushola Olayide, from the African Union proclaimed in her opening remarks at the virtual meeting of Regional…

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Tanzania appoints new Focal Point to the Nairobi Convention

Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties each appoint a Focal Point in order to help coordinateefforts to protect, manage, and use the Western Indian Ocean at the national level. In practicalterms, this means the Focal Point is responsible for liaising between the Nairobi ConventionSecretariat, other Contracting Parties, and national bodies; coordinating national-level activitiesthat involve multiple stakeholders and…

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States Agree on the Final Draft for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol and other News: Western Indian Ocean News Round Up 1 – 5 April 2019

States Agree on the Final Draft for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol On 27 March 2019, Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention agreed on the final language for the ICZM Protocol. States had started discussing the protocol in 2012, and the meeting in Dar es Salaam marked the fourth round of negotiations on…

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Saving Mozambique’s seagrass

Creating the conditions for sustainable seagrass restoration in Maputo and Inhambane bays  “People can’t think of Inhaca without thinking about seagrass,” says Salamao Bandeira of Maputo’s Eduardo Mondlane University, knee-deep in the shallow waters on the seaward side of Maputo Bay, as he points at the shores of Inhaca Island. Nearby, residents are submerged waist-deep in the sea, taking advantage of the…

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