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 […]
At the recently held inception workshop, the WIO GCRMN benthic and fish datasets were identified as key datasets to undertake the 2019 Red List of Ecosystems of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean (see workshop report here). The GCRMN datasets were compiled with support from the Indian Ocean Commission’s 5-year […]
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 […]
The 2016 mass bleaching of corals in the Western Indian Ocean resulted in a 20% decline in coral cover at over 130 sites with long term monitoring data. This is the main finding of the report released today at the Nairobi Convention Science-Policy workshop in Durban, South Africa. Coral/algae compensatory […]
CORDIO participated in the publication of a new global standard on biodiversity monitoring networks, through our long term participation in the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), IUCN’s Coral Specialist Group, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network of GEOBON and the Global Ocean Observing System’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco).