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COVID-19 and the future of ocean sustainability

The ocean has been and will be heavily impacted by the global pandemic in 2020. In this workshop process diverse actors came together from across Australia and Indonesia through Africa to the Americas to consider how long term impacts may unfold and the factors and choices we can take to […]


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 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, […]


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 […]