Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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About the Project

The objectives of the Cities and Coasts Project (C&C P) will be achieved through involvement of academia, scientific bodies, other research organizations and agencies, city and regional governments, central government policy-makers, NGOs, communities, and the private sector, to:

  • improve scientific knowledge and to stimulate research directed at underpinning effective and efficient responses by coastal cities to current and foreseeable challenges they face. Support will be given only to high quality, demand-driven, and policy-relevant action research;
  • support capacity building and the transfer of knowledge and expertise;
  • support the sharing knowledge with and from cities in the region, cost effective and minimal technology solutions, as well as successful community engagement;
  • forge partnerships among academic, practitioner, private sector, and coastal cities policy-making communities.

The C&C P would be implemented within the framework of the new MASMA Programme and will contribute towards achieving its overall goal, i.e. by 2022, establish and operationalize a regional science to policy platform that generates and builds capacity, mobilizes resources and shares and facilitates scientific and policy-relevant knowledge to assist the Western Indian Ocean region deliver on the 2030 Agenda for oceans, islands, coasts, and climate change. By focusing on land-based pollution, particularly marine litter in coastal cities, and impacts of sea level rise, the C&C P will contribute towards achieving SDG 14 (target 14.1), Goal 6 (target 6.3) and Goal 11 (target 11.6). It will also contribute to Goal 13, which targets the impacts of climate change, and Goal 17, related to international partnerships at local, regional, and global levels.

At the regional level, the C&C P aims at contributing to the implementation of the SAP for the Protection of the Coastal and Marine Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-based Sources and Activities, through working closely with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and the GEF/UNEP funded project “Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities (WIO-SAP)”.