Find a non-exhaustive list of WIOSAP accomplishments so far below.

1. Project Implementation Structures
  • a) National Implementation Committes (NIC)

    Nairobi Convention states have each established an NIC and agreed on their roles, responsibilities and requirements under their Terms of References. The NICs provide oversight of WIOSAP’s interventions at the national level and have been active since the project’s inception—in 2018 and 2019, the NICs had reviewed over 60 demonstration projects concepts submitted by proponents.


    b) Regional Task Forces (RTFs)

    Three RTFs (on Sustainable Management of Critical Habitats; Water Quality, and River Flows) have been established to ensure effective regional collaboration, shared learning and quality control of the products to be delivered through WIOSAP.

    Prof. Salomao Bandeira (Mozambique) was selected as the Chair of Critical Habitats and Dr. Ruby Moothien-Pillay (Mauritius) as Deputy-Chair; Dr. Yves Mong was selected as the Chair of Improved Water Quality and Dr. Richard Kimwaga (Tanzania) was selected as Deputy Chair; Prof. Japhet Kashaigili (Tanzania) was selected as Chair of Sustainable Management of River flows and Dr. Sebastiani Keino Ambinintsoa Roby (Madagascar) as Deputy Chair.

2. Projects
  • a) Demonstration Projects

    Seven countries submitted 49 concepts which were reviewed by National Implementation Committees (NICs) in each respective country. 13 of these concepts were submitted to the Project Management Unit (PMU) for regional expert review. Of these, eight full proposals have been developed and approved by the WIOSAP’s Project Steering Committee (PSC), thus paving the way for actual implementation of the demonstration projects.

      WIOSAP Component Proposal Demo Project Title Objectives of demo project Expected Results
    1. A:

    Sustainable management of critical habitats


    Enhancing stakeholder capacity on use of ICZM as a tool for conservation of the coastal and marine environment through a demo ICZM Project in Malindi –Sabaki Estuary Area, Kenya Overall Objective: To enhance stakeholder capacity on use of ICZM as a tool for conservation of the coastal and marine environment through a demo ICZM Project.

    ·         To promote sustainable mangrove and fisheries management in Sabaki

    ·         To promote community empowerment and alternative livelihoods in Sabaki estuary

    ·         To improve governance and management of Sabaki Estuary

    ·         To improve solid waste management in Malindi town


    ·         Improved mangrove and fisheries management in Sabaki estuary

    ·         Empowered community embracing alternative livelihoods

    ·         Improved governance and management

    ·         Improved solid waste management in Malindi town

    ·         Enhanced practice and uptake of ICZM as a tool for management of coastal and marine environment


    2. A:

    Sustainable management of critical habitats


    Towards integrated spatial planning for sustainable management of coastal and marine resources in Kilifi county, Kenya Overall Objective: Kilifi County Spatial Plan implemented by 2020 for sustainable management of coastal and marine resources and enhanced socio-economic development

    ·         Kilifi County Spatial plan is finalised and endorsed for operationalization by Kilifi County Government and stakeholders

    ·         fully operational GIS lab in Kilifi County for integrated data management and information sharing

    ·         Critical Ecologically Significant Areas (CESA) secured in Kilifi County

    ·         Capacity for implementation of Kilifi county spatial plan enhanced

    ·         Effective continuous data collection, analysis and dissemination for programmes and functions within Kilifi County

    ·         Critical ecosystems and natural resources secured

    3. A:

    Sustainable management of critical habitats


    Coral culture for small scale reef rehabilitation in Mauritius


    Overall objective: To mitigate the impact of climate change on coastal communities by implementing coral reef restoration initiatives


    ·         Set-up sea-based demonstration farms for culture of selected resilient corals for rehabilitation of degraded reef sites.

    ·         Train stakeholders and coastal communities in coral culture and reef rehabilitation techniques.

    ·         Strengthen environmental awareness and conservation aspects of corals and coral reefs.


    ·         Trained work-force in coral culture and reef rehabilitation

    ·         Restoration of reef ecosystem services through rehabilitation of degraded reef sites

    ·         Environmental awareness and stewardship among fishers and local communities


    4. A:

    Sustainable management of critical habitats


    Habitat restoration and attraction of seabirds to Ile aux Aigrettes (Mauritius)


    Overall objective: To restore coastal forest habitat on Ile aux Aigrettes, specifically ‘seabird habitat’, and restore terrestrial and near-island marine ecosystem functioning through the attraction of seabirds.

    ·         reduce threats from invasive alien species

    ·         Restore on Ile aux Aigrettes forest

    ·         Facilitate awareness of the site and critical conservation issues

    ·         Facilitate knowledge exchange and understanding of conservation issues at regional and national level


    The project will enable Mauritians to learn about their natural heritage and the importance of biodiversity conservation at national and global level


    5. A:

    Sustainable management of critical habitats


    Assessment of a Blue Carbon Ecosystem in Mauritius


    Overall objective: To assess the current status of seagrasses in Mauritius and their carbon sink potential towards conservation and rehabilitation of seagrass ecosystem in Mauritius


    ·         Conduct surveys on the density and distribution of seagrass around Mauritius Island

    ·         Establish permanent seagrass monitoring stations at specific sites around the island

    ·         Carry out sediment coring at specific seagrass sites around the island to determining carbon storage

    ·         Analysis of carbon sequestration content in sediment

    ·         Calculation/generation of blue carbon credit


    ·         Island-wide assessment and monitoring of the seagrass diversity and distribution realized

    ·         Blue carbon storage and generation of blue carbon credit determined

    6. B:

    Improved water quality


    Improving Mtwapa Creek water quality by use of Constructed Wetland Wastewater Treatment technology in Shimo la Tewa Overall objective: To enhance conservation of marine resources in Mtwapa Creek from pollution using constructed wetland for wastewater management.


    ·         Redesign, rehabilitate and improve operation of existing constructed wetland at Shimo la Tewa Prison.

    ·         Improve general sanitation in the prison facility.

    ·         Enhance food security by utilising treated water from the wetland for fish and crop production.

    ·         Disseminate constructed wetlands technology for uptake by other stakeholders


    ·         Improved wastewater treatment

    ·         Improved water quality of Mtwapa Creek

    ·         Improved sanitation of Shimo La Tewa Prison

    ·         Increased food production Shimo La Tewa Prison

    7. B:

    Improved water quality


    Strengthening regulatory framework and national capacity for monitoring effluent discharges, water, and sediments quality in coastal and marine areas of Madagascar Overall objective: To reduce degradation of the marine and coastal ecosystems in the River Betsiboka estuary and Bombetoka Bay).

    ·         Improve the Ministry (MEEF) and its national capacity to effectively manage and regulate land-based sources of pollution and activities

    ·         Increase existing national monitoring capacity to help implement and monitor effluent discharges and water and sediment quality in receiving coastal and marine environment

    ·         Regulatory framework and standards related to water quality and effluent discharges, prepared and tested within the Betsiboka estuary

    ·         MEEF capacity to managing land-based source of pollution and activities in Boina region strengthened

    ·         Monitoring framework for water quality and receiving environment is developed and implemented within the estuary’s catchment in harmony with the regional framework

    ·         A decision support tool developed and tested by the MEEF within the Betsiboka estuary


    8. B:

    Improved water quality


    Improvement of ecosystem health and water quality by implementing a Source to Sea based approach to tackle marine litter in five priority river systems in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Overall objective: To reduce the impacts of litter on the freshwater, coastal and marine environment and ecosystem health by implementing river basin wide interventions to recover land-based and riverine based litter

    ·         Investigate areas of litter hotspots along each of the 5 priority rivers.

    ·         Deploy litter recovery resources, including increased clean up efforts, to recover litter from the identified priority rivers.

    ·         Monitor and characterise the types and quantities of litter collected in the 5 rivers.

    ·         Identify and implement at least 1 waste management intervention.

    ·         Undertake educational activities and awareness raising campaigns around litter prevention from land-based sources.

    ·         Review pilot project interventions in the 5 priority rivers and hot spot areas for potential replication to other coastal areas.


    ·         Litter hot spot areas along each of the 5 priority rivers identified.

    ·         Deployment and management plan for the 5 litter booms developed.

    ·         Litter characterisation and microplastics prevalence reports for the priority rivers.

    ·         One waste management intervention per hot spot community near each river.

    ·         Outreach and awareness campaigns conducted

3. WIO Eco-system Guidelines and Toolkit
  • The guidelines outline respective WIO-specific case studies on how various interventions have worked and lessons learnt. An additional guideline on ecosystem valuation and a toolkit on climate change vulnerability assessments will be available soon.

4. WIO Outlooks
  • Marine Protected Area (MPA) Outlook and Dashboard

    This publication supports countries to establish baselines and include assessment metrics to track their progress in increasing the spatial extents of national MPAs from the current 2.4% to 10% by 2020 (thus achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14.5). Visit our interactive dashboard to see progress made by Nairobi Convention states!

    Critical Habitats Outlook

    This publication, to be launched in 2020, will outline the state of critical habitats like coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass in the WIO and address their role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

5. Science to policy
  • WIOSAP has supported the Nairobi Convention’s convening of five science to policy forums in the region, in recognition of the need for science-based policy making and adaptive management. Policy recommendations from the fourth meeting contributed to several decisions of the Convention’s ninth Conference of Parties in 2018.

6. Capacity Building
  • Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)

    Four workshops have been held on MSP between 2017-2019. The workshops provided a platform to examine MSP practices and tailor the implementation of MSP to their own maritime domains. At the last workshop in Tanzania, governments and partners asked the Nairobi Convention Secretariat to lead in the development of a Regional MSP strategy and establishment of a MSP technical working group.

    Building impactful leadership for good governance

    Between 2017 and 2018, the WIOSAP project held three leadership workshops aimed at building the capacity of senior leaders responsible for overseeing policy and managing environmental resources.

7. Partnership for Project Implementation
  • Regional Economic Communities and Commissions in Western Indian Ocean Region

    The Nairobi Convention organized a meeting with relevant Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Commissions in the Western Indian Ocean region, with the goal of forging partnerships to enhance sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.