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:
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)”.