Posts by: James Mbugua


Sustainable financing for community based marine management in the WIO

What is one of the biggest barriers to effective marine co-management? Insufficient long-term sustainable financing. Management entities are often unable to meet necessary day to day operational costs of management. At best, Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) in the region remain heavily reliant on external donors for their establishment and […]


Shallow and mesophotic environments of the Pemba Channel

In this latest study published in Ocean & Coastal Management on 29th December 2020, Kennedy Osuka and co-authors from the SOLSTICE-WIO project and University of York utilised autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to describe the characteristics of water column, substratum and benthic communities occurring in the shallow (<30 m) and mesophotic […]


The Value of Partnership and Collaboration in Science

The recently completed Red List of Ecosystems assessment of WIO coral reefs is an example of how effective and successful collaboration between stakeholders can produce a novel and beneficial regional product. There is no doubt that enhanced collaboration among scientific institutions will continue to generate new analysis and research opportunities […]


The WIO coral reef Red List of Ecosystems study sets the stage for national assessments in Kenya

As a follow up to the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) assessment, CORDIO plans to work with national partners to develop needs-based coral reef assessments to inform coral reef management and policy in three focus countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique. The assessments will help prioritize areas for […]


Ocean Science In Action

This WIO-focused free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starts this October 5th. Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security in the Western Indian Ocean will introduce learners to innovative marine technologies and their applications used to tackle the challenges of the sustainable management of marine ecosystems. The […]


Community COVID-19 outreach

The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis and continues to negatively impact on societies and economies. Livelihoods have been affected with businesses closing, and others forced to scale down operations. Further, many people have experienced salary cuts while some have been laid off from their jobs. Consequently, […]


Sharks are functionally extinct from many reefs but hope remains

A landmark study published in Nature reveals sharks are absent on 20% of world’s coral reefs! The study was led by Aaron MacNeil and co-authors from the Global FinPrint project, including CORDIO’s Melita Samoilys, Kennedy Osuka and Clay Obota. The study provides a benchmark for the status of reef sharks […]