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).
Over 70 organizations and individuals responded to the coral bleaching event in 2016 in the Western Indian Ocean, reporting 680 observations of through an online reporting form. Dr. David Obura and Mishal Gudka of CORDIO East Africa (CORDIO EA), supported through the Biodiversity Project of the Indian Ocean Commission, present […]