Theory of Change


CORDIO East Africa is a research and conservation organisation focused on marine and coastal ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). We specialise in generating knowledge to find solutions that benefit both ecosystems and people.

CORDIO’s priority focus is on coral reefs, covering a range of topics including climate change, resilience, long term monitoring, artisanal fisheries, community based management approaches, climate change adaptation and endangered species protection. We choose coral reefs because they are the most biodiverse marine ecosystem, they are extremely vulnerable to global warming, they are a ubiquitous and substantial component of the marine environment in the WIO, and are of vital importance in sustaining livelihoods and economies in the coastal zone.

Knowledge triangle
Theory of Change
Guiding principles
People and partners