Posts by: David Obura


A risk manager’s approach to coral reefs

Will a financial portfolio approach help to minimize losses to the world’s coral reefs, and those that depend on, them due to climate change? This is the objective of the research and conservation teams in the 50 reefs project and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Paul G. Allen Foundation and The […]


CORDIO & Seedbeds for Transformation – SABC News

On the evening news on 10 May 2018 the South Africa Broadcasting Service broadcast a special on the Seedbeds for Transformation Conference. David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa was interviewed in the studio on the conference, its relevance for Africa and coral reefs. See the two SABC clips below, […]


Seedbeds of Transformation conference – South Africa

The Seedbeds of Transformation conference in South Africa, from 9-11 May 2018, provides a collaborative, trans-disciplinary space for people with diverse perspectives to explore transformations and the SDGs in Africa. CORDIO is participating in the conference, to present the current status of scenarios being developed for the Northern Mozambique Channel, […]


Red Sea whales and dolphins

A rare glimpse into the world of the Red Sea’s dolphins and whales Bottlenose dolphins, are very coastal and subsist on small fish connected to reefs and smaller bays. Shutterstock David Obura, The University of Queensland The Red Sea is one of the world’s least studied regions when it comes […]


Ocean Awards 2018

    David Obura is one of four finalists in the 2018 Ocean Awards, a competition run by Boat International and the Blue Marine Foundation. In it’s third year, the Ocean Awards continue to recognise and reward those that share our commitment to fixing the largest solvable problem on the […]


2017 status report on Western Indian Ocean coral reefs

Step declines in coral reef health resulted from major coral bleaching in 1998 (25% loss) and 2016 (10% loss). This is the main finding from the latest GCRMN regional report on the state of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) which was officially presented on 7 December 2017 […]


WIO commitments and scenarios for SDG14

This week in Maputo, countries and partners in the Northern Mozambique Channel initiative have re-grouped to identify future pathways for implementing SDG14 in the Western Indian Ocean. See this press release on the event from WWF Madagascar. The process started at the Preparatory Workshop to the UN Ocean Conference in […]


Refilling the coral reef glass

David Obura’s editorial in the 22 Sept 2017 issue of Science magazine ‘is the coral reef glass half full, or half empty?’ emphasizes what we need to do to save and then rebuild coral reefs, rather than give up on them. Go to the Science issue page here, to read […]