Posts under category: policy


Red List assessment of Scleractinian corals 2018-2020

The challenge The first complete assessment of reef-building corals was completed in 2008 (Carpenter et al. 2008) from which the Red List Index of corals shows the most significant decline of all taxonomic groups assessed (fig. below), due to the impact of the 1998 global coral bleaching event. Cost/investment We estimate […]


Launch of the WIO scenarios

  On 9 July 2018 the scenarios for the future of the Western Indian Ocean/East and Southern Africa were launched at the Science-Policy forum of the Nairobi Convention in Durban, South Africa.  


Kenya’s blue economy – what now?

What Kenya’s government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources . Kenya earns around USD$2.5 billion per year from its ocean – less than 4% of its GDP. This shows the potential for growth which could raise peoples’ incomes in coming years. But it won’t happen unless damaging […]


Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity Building Workshop for East Africa, Nosy-Be Madagascar 18-22 January 2016.

By: James Mbugua Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) held a five day workshop in Madagascar from the 18th -22nd Jan 2016. The SOI aims at providing support towards the utilization of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) as a tool or an integrated approach that will […]


Prospects for World Heritage marine sites in the Arctic Region

  On 25 and 26 February 2016, scientific experts convened at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss potential  for  World Heritage marine sites in the Arctic. The meeting was part of a new project led by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the New York-based Natural Resources […]


Sustainable Development Goals

The UN General Assembly, at its Sustainable Development Summit held from 25-27 September 2015, adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a result of lengthy negotiations over the past few years. These are intended as a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”. The 17 goals cover all aspects of sustainable […]