Background and supporters

MASPAWIO started as a project coordinated by the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme and implemented by CORDIO East Africa, with funding from the French Development Agency (AfD), running 2015 and 2016. It was established to provide a demonstrator about the use and potential for Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the countries of the Western Indian Ocean.

Since 2016 this geoportal component of MASPAWIO has been supported by WIOMSA and IGAD through CORDIO, in parallel with outputs on connectivity in the Western Indian Ocean led by IUCN with experts from la Reunion, France.

This geo-portal is an ongoing project supported by multiple projects, and support for it will be sought through CORDIO, IUCN and other partners, such as members of the NGO Consortium for the Conservation of the Western Indian Ocean (WIOC).

Financial support to CORDIO for MASPAWIO has come from:

initiated in 2015-2016 as a collaboration between the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and CORDIO East Africa, with funding from the French Development Agency (AFD).



in 2016-17 continued funding has been provided by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) through the Mozalink project, and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for securing marine and coastal biodiversity data.


A parallel component on MASPAWIO by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and reported at the MSP workshop of the Nairobi Convention in Seychelles (15-16 November 2017) focused on larval connectivity in the WIO (see xxx).