Posts under category: biodiversity


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 […]


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 […]


No net loss of ecosystems?

‘No net loss’ as a global biodiversity goal? This week (24-28 Feb 2020) in Rome countries and observers are discussing the next ten year strategy for biodiversity and its sustainable use, based on the ‘zero draft‘ drafted by the Convention on Biological Diversity released on 13th January 2020.  


Diving Pemba Island’s coral reefs

Starting on the 3rd of November 2019, the journey to Pemba involved lugging massive bits and pieces of equipment which gave the team an unforgettable journey which ended with a trip onboard a tiny Cessna caravan leaping from Unguja to Pemba island which was thrilling but surprisingly smooth. Two hours later, […]


Coral reefs, SDGs and the post-2020 biodiversity framework

In November 2019 the Convention on Biological Diversity ran marine consultations for the new ‘Global Biodiversity Framework’ for 2021-2030, under the umbrella of its Vision for 2050, “living in harmony with nature”. CORDIO is contributing to this ‘post-2020‘ process with two primary inputs based on the experience of coral reefs […]