Projects

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat has successfully implemented various projects within the Western Indian Ocean region through funding from organizations such as GEF and the Governments of Norway and Sweden and through partnerships with other organizations such as Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Birdlife International, African Union (AU), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), WWF and IUCN. These include the project Addressing land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-LaB) project (funded by GEF in 2004-2010) and the African Marine and Coastal Programme (Funded by Government of Sweden in 2011-2016).

    Our projects

    Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities (WIO-SAP)

    Project status: Active

    The Project entitled ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP) is intended ‘to reduce impacts from land-based sources and activities and sustainably manage critical coastal-riverine ecosystems through the implementation of the WIO-SAP priorities with the support of partnerships at national and regional levels’. The project builds on the WIO-LaB Strategic Action Programme (SAP)[1]for the protection of the WIO Region from land-based sources and activities that was developed under the auspices of the UNEP-GEF WIO-LaB project[2] and which identified key actions that need to be undertaken in the region in order to reverse the degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems. The WIO-LaB Project that delivered the SAP was essentially focused on land-based activities and sources of degradation of the coastal and marine environment.

    The objective of the WIO-LaB SAP is consistent with the objective of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention, which is“…to prevent, reduce and combat pollution of the Convention area and to ensure sound environmental management of natural resources using ...the best practicable means at their disposal and in accordance with their capabilities.” The WIO-LaB SAP has a similar objective, which is: “People of the region prosper from a healthy Western Indian Ocean, with reduced impacts from land-based sources and activities through implementation of national and regional levels activities including through partnerships and greater integration of river basin and coastal and marine resource management.”

    [1] UNEP/Nairobi Convention Secretariat, WIOMSA (2009b): Strategic Action Programme for the Protection of the Coastal and Marine Environment of the  Western Indian Ocean from Land-Based Sources and Activities, UNEP, Nairobi Kenya, 156p.
    [2] UNEP–GEF (2004a): Project Document for the UNEP-GEF WIO-LaB Project entitled ‘Addressing Land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean’, UNEP, GEF, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Nairobi, Kenya, 102p.

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

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    The Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonisation and Institutional Reforms (WIO LME SAPPHIRE)

    Project status: Active

    Principal Objective: to achieve effective long-term ecosystem management in the Western Indian Ocean LMEs in line with the Strategic Action Programme as endorsed by the participating countries. SAPPHIRE is designed to contribute to the implementation of the West Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme (WIO LME SAP) developed to address key priority transboundary issues identified on the transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA). These top issues are categorized as:

    • Water Quality Degradation
    • Habitat and Community Modification
    • Declines in Living Marine Resources
    • Unpredictable Environmental Variability and Extreme Events

    Project Summary

    Implementing Entity:  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Executing Entity:  Nairobi Convention Secretariat

    Project Period:  2017 - 2023

    Total Resource Required: USD 326,565,994

    Total Co-Financing:  USD 317,799,494  

    GEF:  USD 8,766,500

    Governments: USD 311,040,044

    In-kind:  USD 6,759,450

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa

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    Nairobi Convention Clearinghouse and Information Sharing System

    Project status: Active
    Involves:

    • The development of a comprehensive national data inventory with common standards and built-in functions
    • Provision of basic, selected and/or critical datasets by participating institutions
    • Internet data dissemination and automation of the data to information and information to knowledge process.

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa


    Transboundary Marine Protected Area between Kenya & the United Republic of Tanzania

    Project status: Proposed
    The Trans Boundary Conservation Area between Kenya and Tanzania was identified as a marine protected area. The Contracting Parties in collaboration with the Secretariat developed a project on sustainable financing and management of marine protected areas in the Western Indian Ocean.

    Country / Region implemented: Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania


    Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

    Project status: Proposed

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa


    Addressing land-based Activities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-LaB)

    Project status: Closed
    To address the degradation of the marine and coastal environment due to land-based activities in countries bordering the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa


    Preparation of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the marine and coastal environment of the Western Indian Ocean

    Project status: Closed

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique


    Assessment and Control of marine pollution from land-based activities in the Eastern African region

    Project status: Closed

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzani


    Strengthening the coordination mechanism, management, and assessment activities within the Nairobi and Abidjan Conventions

    Project status: Closed

    Country / Region implemented: Africa


    UNEP Africa Marine and Coastal Programme

    Project status: Closed

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, The Republic of South Africa


    Support for Ratification and Implementation of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBSA)

    Project status: Closed

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania


    Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative (NMC)

    Project status: Proposed
    The premise of the NMC initiative is to support the countries in the region to value, protect, and even enhance the natural ocean assets that are central to their economies.

    Country / Region implemented: Mozambique, United Republic of Tanzania


    Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea living Marine Resources and Ecosystems in the Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

    Project status: Proposed
    It enhances the sustainability of deep-sea living resources and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ through the systematic application of an ecosystem approach that improves sustainable management practices for deep-sea fisheries and area-based planning for deep-sea ecosystems.

    Country / Region implemented: Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Africa