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World Oceans Day was 8th June 2019. This year, the Nairobi Convention celebrated by releasing information on major issues facing the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region and how the contracting parties are working to sustainably protect, manage and use their marine and coastal resources.
In addition to sharing stories highlighting actions taken by each of its Contracting Parties, the Convention also received several stories from partner institutions outlining progress, challenges, and recommendations.
We are delighted to share with you the first issue of the Nairobi Convention Newsletter of 2019, which includes updates on what countries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region were doing to protect, manage, and develop their coastal and marine environments in 2018.
You can access it HERE
In collaboration with its partners, the secretariat of the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean Region has developed a new work partnership programme for the period 2018–2022. By decision CP.8/1 of their eighth meeting, in June 2015, the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention requested the secretariat to develop a new work programme for adoption at their ninth meeting.
This document details a comprehensive programme of action for the Nairobi Convention to address its Climate Change Strategy developed in 2015. Recent assessment of available information indicates that the western Indian Ocean region (WIO) will follow global trends with regards to changes predicted as a result of climate change including the frequency, intensity, and temporal and spatial variability of rainfall, cyclones and tropical storms.
This Project builds on the previous work completed under the UNDP supported GEF financed Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project in close collaboration with a number of partners. The ASCLME Project delivered the intended regional TDA and ministerially endorsed SAP for the western Indian Ocean LMEs as well as individual Marine Ecosystem Diagnostic Analyses (MEDAs) for each participating country.
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 and marine ecosystems through the implementation of the agreed WIO-SAP priorities with the support of partnerships at national and regional levels’.
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 moving Atlantic Benguela current.
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 ecosystems as key natural infrastructure which support human wellbeing, resilience and security.
The Conference of Plenipotentiaries was convened by the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in pursuance of decision CP5/4 adopted at the fifth Conference of Parties ICOP5) to the Nairobi Convention For the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region held in November 2007, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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