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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 […]


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 […]