Background on the NMC

Since 2012 WWF and CORDIO have spearheaded the development of the initiative, building it up in the context of the WIOC (the Consortium for the Conservation of the Western Indian Ocean) and a mandate provided by the Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention in Decision COP7/1. Updates on progress in the initiative were presented in documents at the Nairobi Convention COP8 in June 2015.

The NMC pages (menu at left) provide a range of information on our activities currently, and see also the NMCi page at WWF.

Consultations with countries comprising the Northern Mozambique Channel – Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles and Tanzania – are underway to design a country-led process and develop a multi-country proposal to support the initiative. For information on this process, contact us directly. 

Key documents describing the initiative are available on the NMC resources page.


Past activities that have led to the current initiative include:

East African Marine Ecoregion work of WWF and partners (and see publications here).

Western Indian Ocean Marine Ecoregion work of WWF and partners, including the RAMP-COI programme of the Indian Ocean Commission

– CORDIO’s past research in the project “Is there a Western Indian Ocean Coral Triangle?


Reports on past meetings

a) World Parks Congress, Sydney Australia, November 2014 – DRAFT;

b) Partners workshop report, Dar es Salaam, June 2014;

c) Partners workshop report, Nosy Be, November 2012.