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.
1st Regional Training on Use of Constructed Wetland Technology for Wastewater Treatment
Though populations and economic growth in the WIO region have boomed, the provision of wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services have not kept pace with these developments. Discharge of untreated wastewater has therefore increased contamination of inland and coastal waters. Constructed Wetland Systems (CWS) are a low-cost nature-based solution to this problem, which is why WIOMSA, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), and the Nairobi Convention are holding a training from 18-22 November in Mombasa on CWS to give participants the knowledge and skills to perform basic wetland design and assess existing wetland proposals. The deadline to apply is 18 October–click here to learn how.
The Nairobi Convention, in collaboration with the IUCN-chaired Ocean Acidification International Reference User Group (OAiRUG) and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) are organizing the Indian Ocean Regional Ocean Acidification Workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania on 28- 29 October 2019. Learn more here.
The Nairobi Convention, in executing the WIOSAP project, is organizing a workshop for managers and policy-makers on Mainstreaming of Environmental Flows into Integrated Water Resources Management to be held on 6 – 8 November 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Nairobi Convention and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) are holding a training on Marine Spatial Planning for Somalia government representatives from 11-13 November in Seychelles. The workshop will introduce participants to the advantages of spatial planning; share WIO experiences on MSP; and discuss the need for and plans for river basin management in the Juba-Shebelle region.
Coasts in Peril? A Shoreline Health Perspective
Most assessments of coastal vulnerability are undertaken from the perspective of the risk posed to humans, their property and activities. This paper presents an alternative approach to coastal assessment that centers on the physical integrity of the coast and its associated ecosystems both now and in future. The shoreline health approach represents a new paradigm for coastal management and is intended to provide a much-needed ecosystem perspective. This approach has the potential to quantify the degree to which coastal ecosystems have been damaged and to focus attention on the cumulative impact of human activities on coastal ecosystems. read more
Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America
Insurance payments for restoring a coral reef after it has been smashed by a hurricane may seem a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is one of a raft of measures being proposed for the world’s second largest reef – the Mesoamerican Reef stretching more than 1,000 km along the coastline of four countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
Parametric reef insurance is an innovative financing mechanism to support rapid response and restoration actions for reefs after a hurricane…..read more
Further Resources: Sustainable Blue Economy Financing Initiative in the Green Box
Africa Oceans Strategy Director
Africa Oceans Strategy Director (vacancy No. 48082) with the Nature Conservancy
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Kindly note the deadline is 31 October 2019.
Marine Coordinator with Birdlife International
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Application deadline: Tuesday, 29 October 2019
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