The Western Indian Ocean Science to Policy Platform (SPP) is “a multi-stakeholder platform comprising representatives of formal and informal knowledge-generating institutions, practitioners, policymakers, communities and the private sector within the WIO region. It serves as an intermediary body to bridge the gaps between science and policy.
The SPP is intended to support the efforts of the Contracting Parties of the Nairobi Convention to integrate relevant scientific evidence and findings into their efforts to protect, manage and develop their coastal and marine environment sustainably. It is also expected to act as an intermediary between science and society and facilitate and promote a better understanding of ongoing and emerging regional environmental challenges and opportunities and the strategies needed to address them.
The SPP is expected to provide the necessary information for evidence-based decision-making as its primary role of knowledge generation and dissemination, as well as dialogue and consensus-building.