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Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa is a research-based marine conservation organisation which specialises in generating knowledge to find solutions to the problems facing coastal and marine environments and the people dependent on them.

CORDIO East Africa has been operating from Mombasa, Kenya as a registered not-for-profit organisation since 2003. CORDIO is led by two active directors: Dr David Obura and Dr Melita Samoilys, who lead the Coral reef and Fish ecology and Fisheries programs respectively. This past year, another program, Social science under the guidance of Dr David Obura has been active with projects touching on key issues related to coastal climate change governance issues.

CORDIO East Africa mainly works within the Western Indian Ocean region with projects in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, Seychelles, Tanzania, as well as the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.

CORDIO East Africa research work focuses on coral reefs and adjacent marine ecosystems with the aim of sustaining healthy and productive ecosystem function and conserving biodiversity.

With reference to a range of topics such as coral reef resilience, artisanal fisheries, climate change, community based approach to the management of ecosystems and conservation, equally address problems interlinked in the WIO region.

The solutions created in past year have continued to support the alleviation, reduction and prevention of the aforementioned issues hence starting the journey towards attaining sustainable management goals, successful implementation of policies at the local, national and regional levels.


This edition of the annual report will outline the main activities undertaken by CORDIO in the period from January to December 2016, with reference to the organisation’s five strategic objectives as a guide.

The key activities and outcomes of focal areas are explained under the appropriate objectives to showcase how CORDIO was able to promote coastal and marine sustainability thereby achieving its mandate in 2016.

The five strategic objectives:
1) To contribute scientific knowledge on coastal and ocean ecosystems in the context of climate change: to understand their vulnerabilities and resilience
2) To integrate science, practice and governance at local, national and regional levels
3) To build the capacity of communities to co-manage their resources and to decrease their vulnerability
4) To contribute to improved regional decision making through strengthened partnerships that implement solutions for managing marine and coastal systems sustainably
5) To strengthen CORDIO’s internal capacity to effectively and efficiently implement our strategic plan.


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