Focal Points

The focal points institutions have been supported to operationalize their offices and to initiate a reporting mechanism for the Convention by compiling national status reports on the coastal and marine environment.

The support has also contributed to strengthening the task forces of the Convention, such as the Forum of Academic and Research Institutions (FARI) and the Coral Reef Task Force (CRTF). The national reporting mechanism for the Convention and the strengthened task forces will give guidance on national priorities within coastal and marine management in preparation for the Convention’s Work Programme for 2008 and onwards.

Roles of Nairobi Convention Focal Points

  • To coordinate information flow from national institutions, NGOs and locally based national, bilateral or multilateral projects and ensuring the dissemination of information to and within the convention area.
  • To act as links to other Multilateral Environment Agreements, International Organizations and Fisheries related Conventions. The focal points will report to COP through the Forum of the Focal Points of the Nairobi Convention on areas of synergy between the work plans of all the Conventions at the National level.
  • To ensure inter-sectoral coordination on the implementation of all activities approved by Contracting Parties meeting.
  • To serve as the channel for all formal communications between the Secretariat and the governments and National collaborating institutions and task force members.
  • To participate in preparation of biennial work plans as national experts, and ensure preparation and submission of reports on the implementation of biennial work plans and reports or relevant activities implemented at the national level by Government departments, UN agencies, NGOs. Coordinate the preparation and the state of the marine environment as contribution to the regional report to the COP.
  • To participate in or assure adequate representation at the meetings of the National Focal Points Forum at least once every year and at the COP meetings.
  • To participate in all resource mobilization activities in consultation with the vice chair responsible for and to ensure regular and timely contributions by participating governments to the Eastern African Trust Fund.

Strengthening of the focal points will continue to be a priority, and will build on the momentum generated through the focal point forum, development of specific terms of reference and the initiation of a reporting mechanism for the Convention.

List of Contracting Parties’ Focal Points

(Updated: August 2022)

Contracting Party Focal Point Alternate Focal Point 

Mr. Ismael Bachirou

Point Focal National de la Convention de Nairobi

B.P;41 Moroni Union Des Comores

Tel +269 333 12 10


Mr. Ambadi Issouf Miradji

Head of Sustainable Development Department

Office of the Directorate General of Environment

B.P; Moroni Union Des Comores




Lawyer – UN negotiations “BBNJ”, Indian Ocean, Oceania, Pacific
Directorate for European and International Action/SAI/BBE

Paris La Grande Arche South Wall 92055 LA DÉFENSE CEDEX
Tel: +33 140813149 – Mobile : +33 633907502


Mr. Benoit Rodrigues

Chargé de mission protection du milieu marine et

conventions de mers regionals (Méditerranée, Océan Indien, pacifique, Caraibes Bureau Biodiversité et Milieux,

Direction des Affaires Européennes et Internationales

SG/ DAEI/CCD/CCD2, Ministére de la Transition écologique et solidaire 92055 La Défense Cedex Bureau 29519 Tel: +33(0) 1 40 81 76 77



Dr. Pacifica F. A. Ogola


Directorate of Climate Change

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

Nairobi, Kenya.


Mr. Stephen Katua

Deputy Director

Coastal Marine and Fresh Waters

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

P. O. Box 67839-00200,

Popo Road, Off Mombasa Road, Nairobi Kenya



Mr. Jacquis Rasoanaina

Point Focal National de la Convention de Nairobi

Ministère de l’Environnment, de l’Ecologie, de la Mer et des Forêts, Directeur des Aires Marines Protégèes

Antananarivo, Madagascar


Mr. Nicolas Andriamboavonjy

Ministère de l’Environnment, de l’Ecologie, et des Forêts

Direction Générale de l’Environnement

Cadre d’Appui Technique

Tél: +261 34 08 41382




Mrs. Moheenee Nathoo

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change




Jogeeswar Seewoobaduth


Mr. Ramchurn Seenauth

Divisional Environment Officer

Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change

Ken Lee Towers, Cnr Barracks and St. Georges Streets

Port Louis, Mauritius.

Tel: +230 203 62 00 Ext: 298



Mr. Alexandre Bartolomeu

Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development

Av. Acordos de Lusaka, 2115 – CP n˚

P. O. Box 2020 /Maputo- República de Moçambique.



Cc: Sidonia Muhorro



Ms. Nanette Laure

Director General

Water, Enforcement and Permits Division

Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change




Mr. Kenadid Mumin Cali (Project focal point)

Directorate (Office) of the Environment

At the Office of the Prime Minister

Federal Government of Somalia.

Tel: +252 616 998 516


Mr. Ahmed Y. Ahmed (N.Convention focal point)

Director General of Environment

Office of the Prime Minister

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Mobile: +252617886632


United Republic of Tanzania

Ms. Magdalena Gerald

Vice President’s Office


Dr. Aboud S. Jumbe

Permanent Secretary

Department of Fisheries

Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania


Republic of South Africa

Mr. Lisolomzi Fikizolo

Chief Director

Specialist Monitoring Services

Environment and Sustainable Development.

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 21 819 2608


Mr. Yamkela Mngxe

Department of Environmental Affairs – Ocean and Coasts Branch, Chief Directorate: Specialist monitoring Services

Directorate: Large Integrated Projects and International Coordination, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa