Posts by: James Mbugua


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 […]


Livelihoods & Conservation… Lending your voice through collective action…

A women’s group initiative to conserve the environment and make a living out of the exercise might soon turn out to be a source of hopelessness and worry unless collective action to support the group is initiated. The story was broken in an online article (https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-06-19-mida-creek-women-seek-market-for-sh10m-mangrove-seedlings/) published on the 19th […]


It’s all about the data

The democratisation of coral reef monitoring data is one key to their survival. This article in the latest issue of ECO Magazine highlights the WIO GCRMN coral reef network’s efforts to share and report on coral data, as an essential part of motivating action to save coral reefs.  This led […]


Going, going…, gone? – latest population assessments of groupers

Groupers are among the highest valued fish in fisheries globally, are crucial for food security in developing countries, and in coral reef ecosystems play a key ecological role as top-level predators.Their population status around the world was reassessed after a decade by the IUCN Grouper and Wrasse Species Specialist Group […]


Understanding Local Marine Management Trajectories through Social-Ecological Systems Approach

Understanding Local Marine Management Trajectories through Social-Ecological Systems Approach A new study led by Kennedy Osuka published in Sustainability shows interdependent linkages between social and environmental conditions, and how understanding these can strengthen the design of localised management interventions. The study was conducted through Our Sea Our Life project, which […]


Is COVID-19 the canary in the coal mine? What we can learn from this unprecedented situation to safeguard humanity and biodiversity in the future

COVID-19 – it is an issue born out of humanity’s incessant interference with the natural environment. A predicted health crisis The world has understandably been focused on documenting and tackling the unfolding human health crisis posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19; but as the human, economic and social costs of […]