Posts by: David Obura


COVID-19 and the future of ocean sustainability

The ocean has been and will be heavily impacted by the global pandemic in 2020. In this workshop process diverse actors came together from across Australia and Indonesia through Africa to the Americas to consider how long term impacts may unfold and the factors and choices we can take to […]


Ambitious holistic biodiversity targets

In this Science paper published on 23 October 2020, CORDIO’s David Obura joins other researchers saying that a ‘safety net’ of multiple, ambitious biodiversity goals is necessary for a nature-positive and people-centered Global Biodiversity Framework to 2050.   Key elements for each aspect of nature are outlined in the paper […]


The new natural

This new podcast series from IPBES ‘Speed Dating with the Future‘ holds conversations around peoples’ relationship with nature. The latest episode, linked here, is with CORDIO’s David Obura, on the ‘new normal’ that will emerge in the Anthropocene, what coral reefs tell us about how it might be, and the […]


SDG narrative model for action

See our latest – establishing a narrative model to facilitate SDG action published in Marine Policy journal: “Getting to 2030 – Scaling effort to ambition through a narrative model of the SDGs“. Please access the article on the publishers page here.   For information on the model and its further […]


No net loss of ecosystems?

‘No net loss’ as a global biodiversity goal? This week (24-28 Feb 2020) in Rome countries and observers are discussing the next ten year strategy for biodiversity and its sustainable use, based on the ‘zero draft‘ drafted by the Convention on Biological Diversity released on 13th January 2020.  


South Kenya upwelling

Coastal upwelling is common along the Tanzanian and Kenyan shelves during the North-East monsoon. It is caused by an intensification of the wind and leads to the cool and nutrient-rich waters being brought to the surface followed by enhanced primary production and widespread phytoplankton blooms. This year, it appears that […]


Coral reefs, SDGs and the post-2020 biodiversity framework

In November 2019 the Convention on Biological Diversity ran marine consultations for the new ‘Global Biodiversity Framework’ for 2021-2030, under the umbrella of its Vision for 2050, “living in harmony with nature”. CORDIO is contributing to this ‘post-2020‘ process with two primary inputs based on the experience of coral reefs […]