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.

The Nairobi Convention provides a legal framework, a coordination mechanism, and a forum for intergovernmental discussions on the protection, management, and development of the coastal and marine environment in the WIO region.

The SPP fits under the mandate and legal framework of the Convention. The following are the objectives of the SPP:

  • Enhance information sharing between academic and research institutions and the Nairobi Convention and other regional partners;
  • Promote cooperation amongst universities, research institutions, government institutions, NGOs, and regional organizations/programmes in the WIO region;
  • Facilitate identification of opportunities for collaborative regional research in line with the Nairobi Convention Work Programme;
  • Provide critical linkage between research and decision-making processes; and
  • Provide quality assurance for scientific research products by experts in the WIO region.
  • Membership is open to relevant heads of academic and research institutions in the WIO region including thematic experts from these institutions,
  • The SPP can seek advice from individual experts as may be required in an ad-hoc manner,
  • NGOs and regional programmes with a mandate to research marine and coastal issues are eligible for membership of SPP,
  • Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention and policy development representatives from regional countries are included in the SPP.
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