A Western Indian Ocean Approach for Incorporating Marine Spatial Planning in the Blue Economy

Given the coastal and environmental opportunities and challenge facing the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), it makes sense to better integrate existing legal and management tools, and look for creative and novel solutions to existing problems (UNEP-Nairobi Convention & WIOMSA 2015).
Author: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Nairobi Convention Secretariat
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Oil and Gas Exploration in the South Western Indian Ocean region

In view of the major discoveries oil and gas in the WIO region and the potential social and economic impacts on the economies of the countries on one hand and negative environmental impacts on the other hand, it is prudent that adequate governance mechanisms are put in place. Governments in the...
Author: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Nairobi Convention Secretariat
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Regional State of the coast Report Western Indian Ocean

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region spans across a large latitudinal range, from the Somalia region, influenced by the strong monsoon regime of the northern Indian Ocean,to the southern temperate regime of the tip of
South Africa, where the Agulhas current diverges from the northward...
Author: Jared Bosire, Louis Celliers, Johan Groeneveld, José Paula, Michael H. Schleyer
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Final report - The Regional Experts Training Course on Ecosystem Based Management, Valuation of Ecosystem Goods and Services and Ecosystems Assessments for Western Indian Ocean Region

A three day regional experts training course on Ecosystem Based Management, Valuation of Ecosystem Goods and Services, and Ecosystems Assessments for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region was organized by the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, UNEP in partnership with the Institute of Marine...
Author: Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association  
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Inception workshop report on the Enhancing the Protection of Birds in the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Nairobi Convention

The objectives of the workshop were to introduce the project to stakeholders in the WIO region; and elaborate on i) the key issues to be addressed in the project, ii) Terms of Reference for the national assessments; iii) methodology/approach for implementation of the...
Author: BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat

Analysis of Lessons Learnt from Demonstration Projects Implementated by the UNEP- GEF Project on "Addressing Land-Based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean" (WIO-LaB)

The Nairobi Convention implemented the UNEP-GEF WIO-LaB Project entitled ‘Addressing landbased activities in the Western Indian Ocean’ in order to deal with the growing challenges of the degradation of the coastal and marine environment in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, encompassing the...
Author: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),Nairobi Convention Secretariat
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Situational Analysis for Mangroves for the Future: Understanding the resilience of coastal systems

The purpose of this situation analysis is to better understand ecological and social coastal systems in Eastern Africa with a view to identifying key areas and effective strategies through which MFF can contribute to the
conservation, restoration and sustainable management of coastal...
Author: Melita Samoilys, George Waweru Maina, Julie Church, Brigid Mibei, Marta Monjane, Abdulla Shah, Doris Mutta and Mine Pabari
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Final Act and The Protocol for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land – Based Sources and Activities as adopted on 31 March, 2010.

The confrence of Plenipoletiaries was convened by the Executive Director of teh United Nations of envronment Programme (UNEP) in pursuance of decision CP5/4 adopted at the fifth Confrence of Parties (COP5) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection , Management and Development of the marine...
Author: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),Nairobi Convention Secretariat
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The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Protection of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-Based Sources and Activities

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is recognized globally for its unique biological richness, natural beauty and high ecological and socio-economic value. The WIO region’s coastal habitats, which include coastal forests, sand dunes, beaches, rocky shores, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs,...
Author: Prof. Rudy Van Der Elst, Prof. George Khroda, Prof. Mwakio Tole, Prof. Jan Glazewski and Ms. Amanda Younge-Hayes
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Regional Report on River-coast Interactions in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

This report presents an assessment of hydrological and land use characteristics affecting river‐coast interactions in the West Indian Ocean region. One of the key areas of concern for
the WIO region relates to the interaction between river basins and the coastal and marine environment.The...
Author: Anton Earle, Daniel Malzbender, Emmanuel Manzungu and Palesa Mokorosi (African Centre for Water Research)