Located on the volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, Comoros is home to more than 795,000 (2016) world Bank people who are unevenly distributed across three major Islands of Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Moheli and Anjouan. This Island state is endowed with rich cultural resources of Arabic decent and white beaches that are coupled with warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel
Comoros annual economic output from the ocean in 2015 was valued at US$ 0.2 Billion compared to a GDP of US$ 0.7 Billion. Regionally, Comoros Ocean Economy and national GDP is the lowest when compared other WIO countries. Download resource.
As a small island state, Comoros economy is 28% dependent on the ocean – the second highest in the region
The contribution of direct outputs – fisheries – at 30% of the ocean economy is also among the highest in the region whereas the general ocean economy for Comoros is equivalent to output from agriculture, and far greater than exports.
The high contribution of carbon sequestration emphasises the benefits Comoros can derive once carbon markets are established
With an improvement in social lifestyle coupled with high population growth and fertility rate, Comoros population is projected to triple by the end of 21 Century. Such a scenario could lead to an overstretched ustilisation of on marine resources that could jeopardise conservation efforts.
Comoros’ EEZ is almost 100* larger than its land area, emphasizing the critical role it should play in national growth and sustainability