1 July 2018 – 30 June 2023 (project year runs from July to June)
Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
Norad (Norway), Section for Research, Innovation and Higher Education
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Activities will focus on Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, with particular sub-national focus on local government actions to sustain marine ecosystems and sustainable use. Priority locations will be in Kenya and the Northern Mozambique Channel.
The impact we seek to achieve is “high quality knowledge from research and community-based natural resource management experience is integrated into planning and implementation frameworks in marine and coastal sectors in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Madagascar“.
The project has 3 main components, outlined below.
Output 1.1. Analysis of biodiversity, economic and social data is undertaken to generate an integrated indicator set relevant to the countries for SDG Target and sustainability assessment. The focus for analytical research and data exploration in year 1 will be on interactions and interdependencies among varied indicators across domains and priority SDGs, and for their value in understanding ecological and fisheries resilience. In years 2-5, score-card/dashboard applications will be developed through country-specific consultations, to address local and national priorities, such as in marine spatial planning, national status assessments, environmental impact assessment processes, etc.
Output 1.2. Map and value coastal and marine goods and services to provide high resolution data and maps for spatial planning and development assessments. We will investigate and apply new and relevant approaches and tools (e.g. economic valuation vs. Nature’s Contributions to People, Ocean Health Index, Natural Capital Assessments, etc.) to improve understanding of ecosystem service values and vulnerability, and bring this information into local and national decision-making processes. Year 1 will focus on scoping and comparing tools and approaches, and years 2-5 on country-specific analyses and outputs.
Output 1.3. An online interactive portal and dashboard that support national and regional data exploration and analysis, with tools focused on local and national analysis, reporting and planning. This output will build on an online interactive user-oriented portal using open-source tools that will help make the data and analyses in 1.1 and 1.2 available to varied users in the target countries, building on CORDIO and other partners’ investments to date on www.maspawio.net.
OUTPUT 2.1 Assessment of the threat status and vulnerability of coral reefs, identifying climate refuges and priority locations and actions for coral reef protection. This output will implement a formal risk assessment of coral reefs using the IUCN Red list of Ecosystems method, at the regional level for the Western Indian Ocean in year 1, building on regional coordination under the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) and National Coral Reef Task Forces. Higher resolution digital atlases of the findings in each of the four countries will be produced in years 2-5, including filling data gaps through reef surveys.
OUTPUT 2.2. Coral reef management improved through evidence based priority actions, strengthening national and regional networks of protected areas. National consultations will be implemented through relevant partners to identify tangible actions resulting from the reef vulnerability assessment, contribute to achievement of SDG Targets 14.2 and 14.5, with monitoring designed to measure success at local and national scales.
OUTPUT 3.1. Identify and research climate-smart adaptive practices in Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). Participatory and action research and monitoring will be used to identify and document practices that build adaptive capacity to climate change in coral reef fisheries. These climate-smart approaches will be trialled and their effectiveness measured, for dissemination within the project countries and WIO region.
OUTPUT 3.2. Fishery and CBNRM practices that build adaptive capacity to climate change shared through a Learning Network focused on local communities in the NMC and Kenya’s south coast. Existing community networks, such as of Beach Management Units, will be encouraged to adopt Learning Network approaches for peer-exchanges and networking, to learn from one another, building social and knowledge capital and accelerate behavior change. Implementation of actions learned will be monitored through participatory outcome monitoring oriented around SDG indicators. Supported activities will include: an annual national workshop in each project country; capacity building for effective leadership of community representatives; and learning exchanges between network members based on specific themes and goals for each exchange.
OUTPUT 3.3. Effective practices adopted and supported at pilot sites, improving indicators of wellbeing and sustainable development at local levels. This activity will provide small grants based on successful applications, implementation of best practices learned in this component. Community groups may identify priority interventions and apply to the project for support.
the project also provides core support for CORDIO, increasing our ability to deliver on our mission and vision, and sustain the information services the project supports. In addition, capacity building is provided in several forms in focal areas for Components 1-3, accessible to CORDIO staff, partners and community beneficiaries:
• partial support for 2 PhD and 5 MSc research projects;
• short-courses, technical and professional training in relevant areas;
• adult learning and skills development (through Component 3).
In addition, the project will have a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation plan, and will support development of a new Strategic Plan (2020-205) for CORDIO East Africa.