Training Workshop: Implementation of the Strategic Framework on Water Quality at national and sub-national levels in the WIO region

Training Workshop: Implementation of the Strategic Framework on Water Quality at national and sub-national levels in the WIO region This workshop will be held in Durban, South Africa between 4-8 March 2024. The training is being held to support capacity building in 5 regional countries as part implementation of Nairobi Convention Decision CP.10/10. Water Quality…

Conservation of Critical Coastal and Marine Habitats in Boeny and Sofia Regions in Madagascar

Conservation of Critical Coastal and Marine Habitats in Boeny and Sofia Regions in Madagascar

In September 2023, an intrepid team of environmental stewards embarked on a transformative odyssey along the coasts of Boeny and Sofia regions in Madagascar. They sought to assess and engage with local communities on mangrove conservation, restoration and explore blue carbon market initiatives for the sustainability of coastal marine biodiversity in the country. The team…

UNEP-Nairobi, Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions Collaborate for Effective Plastics Management in WIO Region, plastics

UNEP-Nairobi, Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions Collaborate for Effective Plastics Management in WIO Region

The Nairobi Convention for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) and the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions have joined forces to combat the escalating problem of marine litter, with a specific focus on plastics and associated chemicals in the WIO region. This partnership aims to equip WIO countries with improved capacity to implement the legally…

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Greening Western Indian Ocean Ports

Ports play a crucial role in the global economy as they facilitate the transportation of 90% of global trade and deliver numerous goods that we use every day. However, unsustainable port development can pose severe threats to coastal ecosystems and the goods and services that they provide. Ports are known to cause significant pollution due…

Seventh GEF Assembly

The Seventh GEF Assembly and Associated Meetings will be held from August 22-26, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada. The Assembly is the governing body of the GEF that includes representatives of all 185 member countries, and is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the GEF’s general policies, operations, and membership. It is also responsible for considering and…

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Reviving wetlands in the Western Indian Ocean

Efforts and Progress Wetlands in the Western Indian Ocean region are not just a pretty sight, they are vital ecosystems that support a diverse array of life. They include salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. These unique habitats are homes, breeding and feeding grounds for species such as fish, turtles, sea cucumbers, molluscs, corals,…

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WIO Science to Policy Platform Series Launched

The push for more evidence-based policy making The world is currently facing an unprecedented planetary crisis of pollution and waste, climate change, and biodiversity loss.  Evidence-based management and policy decision making is critical to inform interventions to turn the tide. Marine scientists, researchers, and experts commendably and constantly publish papers and articles from their respective…

Towards Sustainable Port Development in the Western Indian Ocean Region

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat,through WIOSAP project,has commissioned the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre  (MTCC) to  undertake  a  project,  in  consultation  with  regional  port  partners  and other stakeholders, aimed at advancing sustainable port development in the region.MTCC is responsible for stakeholder convening and coordination, while CSIR…

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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Nature Based Work by Nairobi Convention

The Western Indian Ocean region ranks as one of the most biodiverse in the world. From the rich biological reservoir that is the Northern Mozambique Channel to the unique coastal ecosystems supporting endangered marine life to the scores of species found nowhere else on earth, this biodiversity is intrinsic to human lives, economies, and health…