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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: […]