The government of Mozambique organized a workshop for the Southern and Western Indian Ocean region from 1 to 3 August 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique in support of the Regular Process for the Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects. The meeting was organized pursuant to the recommendations made at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for the Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects, and endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution 66/231 of 24 December 2011.
The Government of Mozambique was supported by the Regional Seas program and the Division of Early Warning and assessment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Secretariat for the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region (Nairobi Convention). The workshop was conducted as per the attached Agenda, Annex 1.
The workshop was attended by experts from Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania. In addition, the representatives of the following intergovernmental organizations and institutions participated in the workshop including the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, (WIOMSA) University of Nairobi, Mombasa Polytechnic University College, and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. Co-ordinator of the Group of Experts for the Regular Process (GoERP) and expert of the Regular Process facilitated the workshop.