Posts under category: biodiversity


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’.  


Coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean at high risk of collapse

This study points to specific policies to address climate and fishery threats to coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean After an 18-month analysis, researchers at CORDIO East Africa in collaboration with scientists from over 35 other organizations around the world have published their findings on the state of coral […]


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


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]