Melita Samoilys participated in a three-day workshop in Grahamstown, South Africa, led by the global IUCN Shark Species Specialist Group (SSSG), to start the process of re-assessing the status of shark and ray populations in the western Indian Ocean. This particular workshop focussed on the endemic and near-endemic species of Sub-Equatorial Africa (Angola-Namibia border around South […]
CORDIO, WCS and Blue Ventures with support from WIOMSA and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have published a report highlighting a background situation analysis of locally managed fisheries. The report provides information to aid in the design a regional network for locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean […]
On the 2nd and 3rd of March, CORDIO led a coral reef monitoring training workshop in Jambiani on the east coast of Unguja Island, organised by Marinecultures and Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) and sponsored by Zuri Zanzibar, Buccaneer diving and other partners. The activity was organised as part of our commitment […]
Recent research by Melita Samoilys shows that the Chagos Archipelago provides a valuable benchmark for understanding impacts on reef fish assemblages in the absence of fishing.
In 2018, the 3rd International Year of the Reef, CORDIO is keeping up with its mandate that it began in 2007, of producing the bi-monthly Western Indian Ocean bleaching alerts during the regional summer.
Small-scale fisheries play an important role in food security and income of coastal communities worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Balancing sustainability and conservation concerns with the socioeconomic needs of small-scale fishers is a dilemma that is commonly faced by fisheries managers.Perspectives on use of ring nets is mixed among different […]
CORDIO has been working with Kenyan underwater videographer Jahawi Bertolli to produce a short 9-minute introductory film on Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). The film, dubbed “LMMAs in Africa”, explains why LMMAs are beneficial to coastal communities, how they are established and exactly what they are. It is designed for local fishing communities, donors, government and civil society who […]
The scorching sun beating down over Djibouti town meant that we were in for four days of sweat from 21st – 24th May 2017. It hardly rains in this part of the world and given summer was just a stone throw away, Joan Kawaka and myself from CORDIO, Houssein Rayaleh […]
This was the part of the workshop that I was most looking forward to, as the idea of diving in the Seychelles was very exciting. I had envisaged this underwater paradise with biodiversity and colour a-plenty. Unfortunately, the reality was quite different.
This milestone publication looks at what has been achieved in the 10 years since the establishment of the World Heritage Marine Programme, and what the future holds over the next decade. Click on the map below to see all the WH Marine sites.
A booklet containing rich descriptions of the 39 sites identified in the CBD’s EBSA process as the most important in the Indian Ocean.
On Saturday 29th October, more than 400 people along the coast of Kenya gathered to object to the government’s decision to route phase-2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project through the middle of the Nairobi National Park. CORDIO East Africa’s commitment to national environmental conservation continued as its staff […]
By Kennedy Osuka CORDIO East Africa / Our Sea Our Life Project – 23 September, 2016 The town of Pemba hosts the third deepest bay in the world and is the headquarters of Cabo Delgado province. Flying to this town one can only be mesmerized by the sandy beaches that […]
The third Saturday of September is marked as International Coastal Cleanup day. On 17th September 2016 a number of local organisations coordinated several beach clean ups along the Kenyan coast to contribute towards this Ocean Conservancy initiative. (Read more on previous events/anniversaries here) As a build up to the event, […]
Our research recently published in the Journal Fisheries Research shows Kenya’s coral reef fishery catch rates have declined 4-fold since the mid 1980s and species diversity in catches has declined to 2-3 species in the top 65% bracket. Management changes are proposed to ensure these fisheries continue to provide livelihoods […]
Understanding the ocean’s benefits.A video conveying an indication of the ecosystem services approach to understanding the marine environment and why this may offer an innovative approach to valuing the goods and services that the ocean provides as well as appreciating the impact these (Ecosystem services) have on our lives and […]