CORDIO Blog


GCRMN-GOOS Webinar

See the webinar given on 7 March by David Obura on strengthening global coral reef monitoring and reporting to meet global conservation and development needs. This was given as part of the GOOS webinar series.


Celebrating 10 years of the World Heritage Marine Programme

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.  


GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Monitoring Networks

CORDIO participated in the publication of a new global standard on biodiversity monitoring networks, through our long term participation in the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), IUCN’s Coral Specialist Group, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network of GEOBON and the Global Ocean Observing System’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco).


Europa – coral heaven at 22 degrees south

Southernmost of the islands in the Mozambique Channel, the name Europa is evocative – one of Jupiter’s moons, a small splash of sand and reef named after a sailing ship from a distant continent and century.


Fish functional group habitat association in the WIO

New results have just been published from our work on fish biodiversity and community structure in the Western Indian Ocean. Published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, we found significant associations between fish functional groups and certain reef habitats. We identified five reef habitat types, distributed […]


Bleaching response WIO 2016

Over 70 organizations and individuals responded to the coral bleaching event in 2016 in the Western Indian Ocean, reporting 680 observations of through an online reporting form. Dr. David Obura and Mishal Gudka of CORDIO East Africa (CORDIO EA), supported through the Biodiversity Project of the Indian Ocean Commission, present […]


Coral reef fisheries in Kenya declining

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 […]


Demystification of Marine Ecosystem Services

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 […]


NMCi Partners and individual activities

This map gives a quick visualization of NMCi partner projects, and their contribution to the initiative. This is to help identify and consolidate synergies and areas of joint effort. The map is updated on a regular basis using information provided via an online google form available HERE.  


Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2): Kenya’s commitment

Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) “to advance our understanding of the Indian Ocean and its role in the Earth System in order to enable informed decisions in support of sustainable development and the well-being of humankind” The Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) is a major global scientific program […]


Mayotte bleaching 2016

Mayotte’s 4th major bleaching event in 4 decades … and the reefs are showing a mirror to the social turmoil and changes that the island is going through.  The expedition was planned for just after the peak of thermal stress in the region, which occurred during March/April 2016.    


GCRMN strengthening 2017-2020.

In 2017-2020 a programme is proposed under ICRI to strengthen the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). The process will implement standards developed under the Global Ocean Observing System and GEOBON’s Working Group 5 on Oceans. Click on the below links to access Parts A and B of the questionnaire. […]


Vamizi – Cradle of Coral

This film by renowned photographer Mattias Klum will showcase the island of Vamizi, in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique, as the iconic coral reef and marine site that it is. See the trailer and wait for the movie to be released later this year! CORDIO’s David Obura features in […]


Status Reports

In our first decade (1999-2008) CORDIO produced bound volumes as Status Reports of coral reef health, written by national and research partners from across the Western Indian Ocean. These historical documents are available below.


Blue in Focus – Southeast Asia

Steve Taylor’s video documentary travels to the other side of the Indian Ocean to see where seafood caught in East Africa goes to, and the state reefs there as well. These two promos take us to Hong Kong, the center of the global seafood trade, and the beautiful reefs of […]


CORDIO at UNU-INWEH seminar on climate change and water, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Melita Samoilys, on the Advisory Board of the United Nations University – Institute for Water Environment and Health, was on the expert panel at its Public Seminar on Climate Change & Water held in Ottawa, Canada, on 5th April 2016.     The text for Dr. Samoilys speech is […]


CORDIO’s new Advisory Board

CORDIO is delighted to announce its new Advisory Board. Three highly experienced, dynamic and committed marine conservationists join CORDIO’s Directors in guiding the organization for the next 4 years: Mr Ali Kaka (Kenya), Professor Peter Sale (Canada), and Mr Paul Rose (UK). They will play a key role as ambassadors, […]


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 […]


Blue in Focus – East Africa

Steve Taylor’s video documentaries of Africa’s pressing people and environmental issues are now turning to the sea. Blue in Focus is a new documentary series on our planet’s rapidly disappearing marine biodiversity and will take two years to complete.  


CORDIO Staff Team Building 2015

As a common saying goes “all work with no play makes Jack a dull boy”. CORDIO staff sought to wrap up the year in style. The team of scientists and administrators delved into what some might term as uncharted territories of the marine world with sole mission of conquering the […]


Our Sea Our Life Project update – December 2015

We are working in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, to assess the status of coral reefs to provide current measures of biodiversity and the status of vulnerable species. OSOL recently released a video describing the project: One of the big issues the project is dealing with is the use of mosquito […]


NMC Initiative at 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium

The Northern Mozambique Channel initiative made a mark at the 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium with representation of Dr. David Obura (CORDIO East Africa), Mr. Harifidy Ralison (WWF-Madagascar), Mr. Dresy Lavosoa (WWF-Madagascar) among others. The 9th WIOMSA Symposium was held at the prestigious Wild Coast Sun […]


WIO bleaching in 2016 – what to expect?

2015 has already been marked as the hottest year on record, and this is after 2014 having been a near-record year and the last five years being the hottest ever. These are in contrast to 1998, which was the year when Indian Ocean corals bleached and suffered mass mortality. Associated […]


Hot and bothered – the Northern Mozambique Channel

Unrestrained growth in emissions is a symptom of our appetite for growth – in population levels, consumption patterns and fossil fuel-mediated technologies. Climate change and the transgressing of multiple planetary boundaries, with human society requiring 1.5 planet earths today, are the defining issues that we face in the Anthropocene. My […]


Call for decisive action on climate change from WIO scientist community

On behalf of the entire Western Indian Ocean Scientific Community and the friends of WIO region, we, a community of 500 coastal and marine scientists working in the Western Indian Ocean, meeting at the 9th biennial Scientific Symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (www.wiomsa.org) make this Declaration […]


The origins of Indian Ocean Corals

Our latest publication on the origins of Indian Ocean corals had the cover page of the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Biogeography (Vol. 43) (published online on 4 November 2015). The paper explores the historical origins of distinctly “Indian Ocean corals”, tracing their history to the ancient Tethys […]


International Coastal Clean Up 2015

(Kenya) Kenyans turned up in the hundreds to clean up beaches and coastal environments along the Kenya coast in commemoration of the International Coastal Cleanup Day held on the 19th September, 2015. Dubbed one of the largest volunteer events in the world, having operated for nearly 30 years in raising efforts to […]


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 […]


Article on MSC fisheries certification

  See this new article on fisheries certification using the Marine Stewardship Council standards.   Fisheries certification in the developing world: Locks and keys or square pegs in round holes? Yorgos Stratoudakisa, Patrick McConney, John Duncan, Abdul Ghofar, Nancy Gitonga, Kolliyil S. Mohamed, Melita Samoilys, Keith Symington, Luis Bourillon See […]


Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Sustainable Oceans Lab (SOL) was established by two parts of GIZ – Blue Solutions, which works on identifying solutions to ocean problems, and the Global Leadership Academy. The Social Lab approach promotes creativity and innovation in developing and planning solutions to complex problems, through a prototyping approach. This means […]


World Oceans Day 2015

Enjoy and value the oceans around (and far from you) – they provide a life support system for our planet. Here are just some of the infographics and messages being put out to the world today: A letter to The Times, published on World Ocean Day (8 June 2015), from […]


8th Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention Wraps Up

CORDIO participated in the Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention as a member of the Consortium for the Conservation of the Western Indian Ocean (WIOC).  T The Eighth Conference of Parties (COP8) for the Nairobi Convention was held from 17 – 24 June 2015, Victoria, Seychelles THIS PAGE for […]


Western Indian Ocean State of Coast Report Launched

The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental […]


Countries of the Nairobi Convention Support Northern Mozambique Channel initiative

The Northern Mozambique Channel initiative At COP8 of the Nairobi Convention, the Contracting Parties showed their support for the initiative, and for fundraising to support it, in Decision CP8/6: Support to Implementation of Projects  1.  To request Contracting Parties, the Global Environment Facility and other partners, as appropriate, to support projects on: […]