Preliminary Ocean Health Index assessments completed for Kenya and Tanzania

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a scientific framework used to measure how healthy oceans are. It is the first integrated assessment framework that scientifically combines key biological, physical, economic, cultural and social elements of the ocean’s health. The OHI scores reflect how well coastal regions optimize their potential ocean benefits and services in […]


Global footprint and sustainability

The “three horses of sustainability” – the IPAT equation provides a simple but powerful model for understanding the roles of population, affluence and technology, particularly from the challenge posed by the Anthropocene – how to reduce one’s personal or societal impact.


Indian Ocean blue economy

The Indian Ocean is gaining more attention as the world turns to the ‘blue economy’ for future development. This Economist Intelligence Unit report “Charting the course for ocean sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim” is an  sponsored by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, […]


Red List assessment of Scleractinian corals 2018-2020

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 […]


Expedition to explore the marine biodiversity and fish abundance in the deeper reef ecosystems of the Comoros.

September 2018 will see the start of an exciting project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) into the Comoros Archipelago. The Comoros coral reefs are an unrivaled marine paradise, with one of the highest concentrations of coral reef species within the western Indian Ocean. Comoros offers reefs which […]


Climate vulnerability in the Comoros Archipelago

The Comoros islands are a poorly known volcanic chain of islands in between Mozambique and Madagascar in the ‘hotspot’ of coral reef biodiversity for the Western Indian Ocean. They still possess some beautiful areas of coral, but are threatened because of the combined effects of over-fishing, sedimentation from deforestation on land, coral […]


Commemorating CORDIO’s 20th Anniversary in style!

CORDIO’s 20th anniversary event was held in a serene environment at the Bamburi Forest Trails on Friday 7th September 2018. Reflecting on the past 20 years of operation, it’s encouraging to see how much CORDIO East Africa has grown. Through the experiences shared by current and ex-staff and partners such […]


Chasing Coral documentary screening at Nyali Cinemax

CORDIO in partnership with Nyali Cinemax is hosting a free screening of the award winning documentary ‘Chasing Coral’ to commemorate the 3rd International Year of the Reef and CORDIO’s 20th anniversary. After the documentary screening, there will be a Q&A discussion with local coral reef scientists, managers and government officials. […]