Posts by: David Obura


Biodiversity science and Africa

Making the most of sustainability science – for Africa, coral reefs, conservation and people. This page brings together David Obura’s work as a Director of CORDIO, into global science-policy processes from 2019 to 2022, representing a transition in our work from coral reefs to the broader goals of sustainability science. […]


IPBES Nexus co-chair – Dr. David Obura

CORDIO is very pleased to announce that our Director David Obura has been nominated to Co-Chair one of the two big IPBES assessments for the next 3 years, on the interlinkages between biodiversity, water, food and health, dubbed the ‘Nexus Assessment’.  


CORDIO’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 – The Launch

There was pomp and colour during the launch of CORDIO’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 at Nyali Sun-Africa Hotel, on 25th Nov 2021, a long-anticipated day by the CORDIO team. The launch was well attended by representatives from the government, non-governmental organisations, donors, community-based organisations, academic institutions, and the local community. It […]


New global biodiversity goals

New global biodiversity goals must take these key lessons into account. A framework to help countries develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of their natural resources is nearing completion. The so-called ‘post-2020’ global biodiversity framework will provide goals and targets to stem and reverse the decline in nature […]


Shared earth, shared ocean

In ‘shared spaces’, such as agricultural, fishing, and pastoralist systems, a new paradigm is needed for conservation action that is both nature-positive and people-centered. A shared earth and ocean approach linking biodiversity and people – for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework


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 […]