Welcome, Nairobi Convention Member States, partners, and friends, to this issue of the Weekly News Round-up!
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Engaging the Private Sector in Protecting the Western Indian Ocean
The new IWLearn News Bulletin features a story on an upcoming Nairobi Convention publication that aims to help stakeholders engage the private sector in efforts to sustainably use and protect the Western Indian Ocean’s resources. Key stakeholders are meeting today to discuss input into the strategy.
Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Blue Economy
The latest report from the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy examines how the next generation of financing mechanisms can support the ocean transition. It demonstrates the role insurance can play in accelerating the transition; and how subsidies contribute to or detract from these goals.
Let it Flow: Improving water quantity and quality in Tanzania’s Rufiji river basin
The latest version of the IWLearn News Bulletin features this story about the Nairobi Convention’s demonstration project to improve the quantity, quality, and flow of the Mbarali river, which would have a significant impact on biodiversity, health, and economic activity in nearby communities.
The transboundary nature of the world’s exploited marine species
A new study in Nature suggests that catches from transboundary marine species are declining more than those from non-transboundary species. These findings have direct implications for managing fisheries that target transboundary species, emphasizing the need for enhanced international cooperation.
Deadline extended! Submit your paper for our next Science to Policy forum now!
Do you have an idea for discussion on a marine or coastal issue affecting the Western Indian Ocean region? Would you like a chance to influence decision-making at the national and regional level? Then submit your paper now for our next Science to Policy forum by 30 November!
Global ‘Bite Map’ reveals how marine food webs may change with climate
Where are small marine animals most vulnerable to getting eaten? The answer has big consequences for coastal ecosystems, where most of the world’s fishing occurs, since predators can radically change underwater comm-unities. A study shows the first global “BiteMap” showing where the ocean’s mid-sized predators are most active.
Increasing Fish Catch through Marine Protected Areas
New research indicates that protecting an additional 5% of the ocean can increase future fish catch by 20% or more. When MPAs are operational in areas where overfishing or poor management are occurring, the study shows that fish populations are able to recover and leave the protected areas to restock unprotected areas, creating a ‘spillover effect.’
Job Opportunity: Head of Advocacy at Blue Ventures
Blue Ventures is recruiting a Head of Advocacy to lead our evolving programme supporting the rights of small-scale fishers and community conservationists. Applications must be received by 14 November. To view the requirements and to apply, click on the link below.