Projects

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat has successfully implemented various projects within the Western Indian Ocean region through funding from organizations such as GEF and the Governments of Norway and Sweden and through partnerships with other organizations such as Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Birdlife International, African Union (AU), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), WWF and IUCN. These include the project Addressing land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-LaB) project (funded by GEF in 2004-2010) and the African Marine and Coastal Programme (Funded by Government of Sweden in 2011-2016).

Current Projects

WIOSAP

Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities

SAPPHIRE

The Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms

Supporting Programmes

Other Supporting projects in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse and Information Sharing System

Project status: Active
Involves:

  • The development of a comprehensive national data inventory with common standards and built-in functions
  • Provision of basic, selected and/or critical datasets by participating institutions
  • Internet data dissemination and automation of the data to information and information to knowledge process.

Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

Transboundary Marine Protected Area between Kenya & the United Republic of Tanzania

Project status: Proposed
The Trans Boundary Conservation Area between Kenya and Tanzania was identified as a marine protected area. The Contracting Parties in collaboration with the Secretariat developed a project on sustainable financing and management of marine protected areas in the Western Indian Ocean.

Country / Region implemented: Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania

Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

Project status: Proposed

Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative (NMC)

Project status: Proposed
The premise of the NMC initiative is to support the countries in the region to value, protect, and even enhance the natural ocean assets that are central to their economies.

Country / Region implemented: Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania

Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea living Marine Resources and Ecosystems in the Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

Project status: Proposed
It enhances the sustainability of deep-sea living resources and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ through the systematic application of an ecosystem approach that improves sustainable management practices for deep-sea fisheries and area-based planning for deep-sea ecosystems.

Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

Addressing land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-LaB)

Project status: Closed
To address the degradation of the marine and coastal environment due to land-based activities in countries bordering the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).

Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

Preparation of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the marine and coastal environment of the Western Indian OceanProject status: ClosedCountry / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique
Assessment and Control of marine pollution from land-based activities in the Eastern African regionProject status: ClosedCountry / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania
Strengthening the coordination mechanism, management, and assessment activities within the Nairobi and Abidjan ConventionsProject status: ClosedCountry / Region implemented: Africa
Support for Ratification and Implementation of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBSA)Project status: ClosedCountry / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania
UNEP Africa Marine and Coastal ProgrammeProject status: ClosedCountry / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, The Republic of South Africa