Posts under category: Climate Change


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


SDG narrative model for action

See our latest – establishing a narrative model to facilitate SDG action published in Marine Policy journal: “Getting to 2030 – Scaling effort to ambition through a narrative model of the SDGs“. Please access the article on the publishers page here.   For information on the model and its further […]