Protecting the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution in Tanzania

Protecting the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution in Tanzania The Nairobi Convention, through the ACP MEAs 3 programme, is supporting the Vice President’s Office (VPO), Tanzania in developing a National Source Inventory report on plastic pollution. This report will inform the development of a national marine litter management strategy and action plan to reduce plastic…

Grey to Blue Waters: Enhancing Marine Water Quality in Zanzibar

Grey to Blue Waters: Enhancing Marine Water Quality in Zanzibar The Nairobi Convention, through the ACP MEAs 3 programme, is working with the Zanzibar Fisheries Research and Marine Resources Institute (ZAFIRI) to assess the marine water quality in Zanzibar and establish a monitoring program. This monitoring is essential for the successful implementation of Zanzibar’s Blue…

Advancing Sustainable Fisheries and Ocean Governance in Kenya

Advancing Sustainable Fisheries and Ocean Governance in Kenya The Nairobi Convention and the SouthWest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the sustainable management of coastal and marine environment and fishery resources in the Western Indian Ocean region. The MoU seeks to enhance collaboration to support member countries…

A Case Study: Creating a Regional Ocean Governance Strategy for the Western Indian Ocean

Creating a regional strategy involves the active participation of various stakeholders, ranging from academic and research institutions to policymakers, businesses reliant on ocean resources, donors, and community members. This has been the case for the development of the Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The development of the strategy was…

Marine Regions Forum 2023 Recap

The Marine Regions Forum 2023, hosted by Tanzania and Seychelles in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, served as a collaborative platform for experts to exchange knowledge on ocean governance. The forum aimed to enhance cooperation and coordination, emphasizing practical strategies for sustainable practices. Topical Strands Tackling the Triple Planetary Crisis: Addressed climate change, biodiversity…

Inclusivity and Innovation In Ocean Governance Take Center Stage at the Marine Regions Forum

On the second day of the Marine Regions Forum, stakeholders gathered to explore innovative ways to strengthen regional governance. In-depth discussions on co-designing sustainable ocean management and articulating marine spatial planning initiatives for co-creation of regional visions were the focus of workshop sessions centred on fostering a sustainable blue economy. The sessions focused on harnessing…

The 2023 Marine Regions Forum Kicks Off in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The 2023 edition of the Marine Regions Forum has kicked off in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and will be running from 7-9 November 2023. This forum brings together stakeholders from the Western Indian Ocean region to provide a platform for these experts to present and deliberate on governance issues and recommendations that can effectively foster…

The High Seas Treaty and the Western Indian Ocean Regional Ocean Governance Strategy

The BBNJ Treaty and the Regional Western Indian Ocean Governance In a convergence of marine and law of the sea experts, the Regional Ocean Governance Task Force and Support Team concluded a series of technical dialogues in October 2023, marking a significant stride towards shaping the regional Western Indian Ocean governance strategy. The crowning jewel…

Nairobi Convention Countries Adopt the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol

A historic event saw the Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties unanimously agree to, adopt, and sign the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol for the Western Indian Ocean after thirteen years of dedicated negotiations. This unfolded at a Conference of Plenipotentiaries held on 11-12 September 2023 in the picturesque Antananarivo, Madagascar, and followed four intergovernmental negotiation…