Building Collective Leadership for the Development of a Western Indian Ocean Governance Strategy

Together with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and GIZ, the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) is part of a Support Team helping to build collective leadership capacity for a participatory Regional Ocean Governance Strategy (ROGS) development process. Several meetings convening and engaging a diverse and talented multi-stakeholder ROGS Task…

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Land-Sea Integration Projects in KwaZulu-Natal Launched

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, with support from the Nairobi Convention’s Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) project, today launched Land-Sea Integration demonstration projects with a focus on KwaZulu-Natal. The DEFF has identified three areas to implement a demonstration pilot within three municipalities which will be the…

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The 6th WIOSAP PSC Meeting in Madagascar

Reflecting into the future The WIOSAP Project held its sixth WIOSAP PSC in Nosy Be, Madagascar between 6-7 July 2022. The meeting provided strategic guidance for effective implementation of WIOSAP’s activities based on its Mid-Term Review (MTR) findings and recommendations. The sixth WIOSAP PSC meeting was attended by Nairobi Convention Focal Points, the WIOSAP project’s…

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Working towards Stronger Ocean Governance at the first-ever WIOGEN conference

Capitalizing on the ‘Blue Economy’ – the idea that the sustainable use of ocean resources can lead to economic growth, improved livelihoods, and a healthy ocean ecosystem – has become a popular concept around the globe, and the Western Indian Ocean region is no exception. Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania have all undertaken initiatives, programs, or…

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Ensuring ‘Blue Growth’ in fisheries communities in the Western Indian Ocean region

Ensuring ‘Blue Growth’ in fisheries communities in the Western Indian Ocean region Small-scale and subsistence fisheries are the backbone of many communities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, providing income, food, and jobs to an estimated one million inhabitants. Yet 40% of the fish stocks targeted by these fisheries are being unsustainably exploited—causing risks…

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Building Back Biodiversity in the Western Indian Ocean: Revision of the Nairobi Convention Protocol

Building Back Biodiversity in the Western Indian Ocean: Revision of the Nairobi Convention Protocol The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region is home to a staggering degree of marine biodiversity. From the waters of Mauritius (which 1,700 marine species call home), the 156 types of fish in Madagascar (66% of fish of which can be found nowhere else), to South Africa…

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