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. […]


Recurring bleaching in Mayotte

Major coral bleaching has been reported in Mayotte four times – in 1983, 1998, 2010 and 2016. During the 2010 event a survey carried out by the Tara Expeditions documented the bleaching in detail, estimating the full impact of the bleaching event.


Launch of the WIO scenarios

  On 9 July 2018 the scenarios for the future of the Western Indian Ocean/East and Southern Africa were launched at the Science-Policy forum of the Nairobi Convention in Durban, South Africa.  


A risk manager’s approach to coral reefs

Will a financial portfolio approach help to minimize losses to the world’s coral reefs, and those that depend on, them due to climate change? This is the objective of the research and conservation teams in the 50 reefs project and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Paul G. Allen Foundation and The […]


Red Listing of endemic sharks in South Africa, 23-25th April 2018

Melita Samoilys participated in a three-day workshop in Grahamstown, South Africa, led by the global IUCN Shark Species Specialist Group (SSSG), to start the process of re-assessing the status of shark and ray populations in the western Indian Ocean. This particular workshop focussed on the endemic and near-endemic species of Sub-Equatorial Africa (Angola-Namibia border around South […]


CORDIO & Seedbeds for Transformation – SABC News

On the evening news on 10 May 2018 the South Africa Broadcasting Service broadcast a special on the Seedbeds for Transformation Conference. David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa was interviewed in the studio on the conference, its relevance for Africa and coral reefs. See the two SABC clips below, […]