Nairobi Convention COP8, 2015


The Eighth Conference of Parties (COP8) for the Nairobi Convention was held from 17-24 June 2015, in Victoria, Seychelles, under the theme “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years”.

To retrieve formal documents for the COP, go HERE. Decisions were adopted by the Contracting Parties, and are available from the Convention’s website. They included support to the Northern Mozambique Channel initiative as “an good example of integrated ocean management approach”, in Decision CP8/6.

The COP8 coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Convention that was signed on 21 June 1985 in Seychelles. It was an opportunity for each Contracting Party to reflect and showcase its achievements in the conservation of the marine and coastal environment in the last 30 years, and to discuss future opportunities for oceans governance and sustainable management of ocean resources in the Western Indian Ocean Region.

The COP8 was preceded by three workshops:

  1. An “Ocean Governance and Blue Economy Workshop” on 17-18 June 2015;
  2. A “Partnerships Meeting” on 19 June 2015; and
  3. A “Science to Policy Meeting” on 20 June 2015

CORDIO participated in the Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention as a member of the Consortium for the Conservation of the Western Indian Ocean (WIOC). This page summarizes the scope of CORDIO’s involvement in COP8, while this page focusses on the Northern Mozambique Channel initiative.