Posts under category: biodiversity


CORDIO at IPBES 7, Paris

CORDIO’s Dr. David Obura was a Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES Global Assessment report launched in Paris on 6 May 2019. The assessment is the first of its kind to assess, from local to global levels, peoples’ dependence on nature, the degree of impact we are having, and to […]


Preliminary Ocean Health Index assessments completed for Kenya and Tanzania

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a scientific framework used to measure how healthy oceans are. It is the first integrated assessment framework that scientifically combines key biological, physical, economic, cultural and social elements of the ocean’s health. The OHI scores reflect how well coastal regions optimize their potential ocean benefits and services in […]


Red List assessment of Scleractinian corals 2018-2020

The challenge The first complete assessment of reef-building corals was completed in 2008 (Carpenter et al. 2008) from which the Red List Index of corals shows the most significant decline of all taxonomic groups assessed (fig. below), due to the impact of the 1998 global coral bleaching event. Cost/investment We estimate […]


Expedition to explore the marine biodiversity and fish abundance in the deeper reef ecosystems of the Comoros.

September 2018 will see the start of an exciting project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) into the Comoros Archipelago. The Comoros coral reefs are an unrivaled marine paradise, with one of the highest concentrations of coral reef species within the western Indian Ocean. Comoros offers reefs which […]


Climate vulnerability in the Comoros Archipelago

The Comoros islands are a poorly known volcanic chain of islands in between Mozambique and Madagascar in the ‘hotspot’ of coral reef biodiversity for the Western Indian Ocean. They still possess some beautiful areas of coral, but are threatened because of the combined effects of over-fishing, sedimentation from deforestation on land, coral […]


Commemorating CORDIO’s 20th Anniversary in style!

CORDIO’s 20th anniversary event was held in a serene environment at the Bamburi Forest Trails on Friday 7th September 2018. Reflecting on the past 20 years of operation, it’s encouraging to see how much CORDIO East Africa has grown. Through the experiences shared by current and ex-staff and partners such […]