29 Nov 2019 News

Nairobi Convention Marine and Coastal News Round-Up in the Western Indian Ocean (25th - 29th November)

Gazi women boardwalk mangrove project in Kenya by Romy Chevalier SAIIA

Welcome, Nairobi Convention Member States, partners, and friends, to this installment of the Weekly News Round-up! Please keep reading to find out what’s new in efforts to protect, conserve and develop the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

We look forward to continuing our work with you to create a prosperous WIO region with healthy rivers, coasts, and oceans.

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The Second Edition of the Seychelles Research Journal is out

The aim of this online, open access journal is to demonstrate the vibrancy of research in and about Seychelles.

Read the following full articles

'Lobsters and octopuses are back': the Kenyan women leading a reef revival

Three years ago, coral reef along the Kenyan coastline was almost totally destroyed in some areas. Rising surface sea temperatures had triggered devastating bleaching episodes for the fourth time in less than two decades, and with the whitening of coral came a dwindling of marine life. Overfishing only exacerbated the problem. 

A fightback was needed and so the institute began working with local communities to rehabilitate degraded coral reefs along the country’s coastline. Among the areas targeted was Wasini Island, a tiny strip of land off Kenya’s south-east coast. The results have been startling…….read more 

Revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to consider the recommendations of the Preparatory Committee established by resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015 on the elements and to elaborate the text of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to developing the instrument as soon as possible.

In accordance with resolution 72/249, the Conference held a three-day organizational meeting in New York, from 16 to 18 April 2018, to discuss organizational matters, including the process for the preparation of the zero draft of the instrument. The Conference met for the third session on 19 to 30 August 2019……..read more 

Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 14 - Investing in the Oceans

Credit Suisse is proud to support the Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 14. The Challenge aims to surface and support impactful enterprises that look to further narrow the gap in achieving SDG 14. Credit Suisse welcomes entrepreneurs with for-profit enterprises that help improve ocean health, in any form, to submit their business plan for consideration. Our challenge invites participants from the examples below, however not restricted to, solutions that could protect and/or restore existing ocean-based resources. For example: Reducing marine waste (along any part of the value chain); Alternatives to single use plastic packaging/materials; Support sustainable aquaculture practices and Provide marine conservation benefits.

Alternatively, solutions linked to opportunities for enhanced or new economic activity derived from the ocean. For example: Ocean related energy; Blue carbon initiatives and Minimise shipping contribution to climate change.

Application deadline: 5 January 2020. Read more 

Webinar

“Sustainable Desalination: Innovation Tools to Address Wastewater due to Brine Discharges”

The Global Wastewater Initiative (GW²I) is pleased to announce the upcoming webinar “Sustainable Desalination: Innovation Tools to Address Wastewater due to Brine Discharges” . Join a group of experts online on Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Nairobi time.

For registration and more information, please visit the webpage of the event Click Here

 

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