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 […]

Shared earth, shared ocean

In ‘shared spaces’, such as agricultural, fishing, and pastoralist systems, a new paradigm is needed for conservation action that is both nature-positive and people-centered. A shared earth and ocean approach linking biodiversity and people – for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Participatory Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation

Participatory Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation The livelihoods and well-being of coastal communities in the WIO largely depend on the integrity of their marine resources. The communities have therefore been perceived to have a great potential to become better stewards if empowered with the appropriate resources (knowledge, skills, tools, funding […]

Ocean InfoHub Partnership – MarCoSouth, WIOMSA, CORDIO & CSIR

Ocean InfoHub Partnership – MarCoSouth, WIOMSA, CORDIO and, CSIR The Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCoSouth) consortium, funded through the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Africa, is in the process of developing a partnership with a new initiative of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), […]

Kenya’s coastal gillnet fishery: tradeoffs in mesh-size regulations

Our new study led by Kennedy Osuka and published in the African Journal of Marine Science has found catches in small mesh sizes comprise high proportions of juveniles Of the three mesh-size groups identified, medium mesh sizes were associated with the fewest apparent ecological effects and with moderate fisheries yields. […]

Sustainable financing for community based marine management in the WIO

What is one of the biggest barriers to effective marine co-management? Insufficient long-term sustainable financing. Management entities are often unable to meet necessary day to day operational costs of management. At best, Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) in the region remain heavily reliant on external donors for their establishment and […]

Shallow and mesophotic environments of the Pemba Channel

In this latest study published in Ocean & Coastal Management on 29th December 2020, Kennedy Osuka and co-authors from the SOLSTICE-WIO project and University of York utilised autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to describe the characteristics of water column, substratum and benthic communities occurring in the shallow (<30 m) and mesophotic […]