Welcome, Nairobi Convention Member States, partners, and friends, to this installment of the Weekly News Round-up! Please keep reading to find out what’s new in efforts to protect, conserve and develop the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.
We look forward to continuing our work with you to create a prosperous WIO region with healthy rivers, coasts, and oceans.
Fish discovery in Seychelles is Confirmed as New Species of Dwarf Goby Group
A new fish species belonging to the dwarf goby group has been discovered in Seychelles by researchers of the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF). The species, eviota dalyi, was discovered at the remote outer island of D’Arros in 2017. It was recently confirmed as a new species…………read more
Using Expert Opinion to Identify and Determine the Relative Impact of Threats to Sea Turtles in Mozambique
Although robust and consistent long‐term datasets are lacking, it is commonly accepted that sea turtle populations face significant human threats while using Mozambique’s coastal habitats. While multiple threats have been identified, their relative impact – and thus the ability to prioritize limited conservation resources – is poorly known……read more
The Challenges Facing the Ports in Eastern and Southern Africa
This article reviews the various challenges facing the ports sector in East and Southern Africa (ESA) in detail, including: (1) the changes taking place in global shipping markets, such as the cascading effect; (2) consolidation among shipping lines; (3) gaps in the policy, legal, and institutional frameworks relative to best-practice benchmarks; and (4) poor access and limited inter-modality……read more
Back to the Future for Fisheries, Where Will We Choose To Go?
This paper presents a view on global marine fisheries that emphasizes mitigating the conflict between sustainability and the scale of industrial exploitation driven by the demand of continuous economic growth. It then summarizes the current state of global fisheries. Finally, the paper advocate strongly for scaling back industrial fisheries, most of which are non-sustainable……..read more
Plunder the Sea: Could seaweed Form the Bedrock of Packaging Sustainability?
As the world increasingly moves away from plastic, seaweed is becoming an unlikely hero for sustainable packaging providers. With more and more companies pledging to ‘go green’ and look for innovative ways to package their products, seaweed packaging could grow to become a worldwide source for small-scale packaging solutions…..read more
Program Coordinator, Africa Oceans Strategy
The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: 26 July 2019