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WIOMSA Newsbrief – December 2021

The WIOMSA Newsbrief contains several interesting stories from WIOMSA and  partners for the October-December quarter. Here’s what is featured in the Newsbrief: the 2021 MASMA and Cities and Coasts Grantees meeting, the Western Indian Ocean Certification of Marine Protected Area Professionals (WIO-COMPAS) Programme holds its first certification renewals; the 10th Conference of Parties of the […]
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Coastal Cities of the Western Indian Ocean Region and the Blue Economy: Status Report

“WIOMSA and UN Habitat commissioned Arup to prepare A ‘Status Report’ which outlines more broadly the current situation concerning the blue economy in coastal cities across the region. The Status Report has compiled key points and recommendations from each City case study
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Coastal Cities of the Western Indian Ocean Region and the Blue Economy: Strategic Roadmap

WIOMSA and UN Habitat commissioned Arup to prepare a ‘Roadmap for the Development of the Blue Economy in Coastal Cities’, which provides recommendations for cities in current and future blue economy planning, activities and investment. The Roadmap provides strategic and operational blue economy recommendations across case study cities, which stakeholders are encouraged to also read […]
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WIOMSA Magazine – Issue No.14: December 2021

The special feature of Issue 14 is a story on Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, managed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), which has just received a gold level Blue Park Award; becoming East Africa’s first ever Blue Park! The announcement of the award by the Marine Conservation Institute was done early this morning.  “We are excited to see […]
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WIOMSA Annual Report – 2020

The WIOMSA 2020 Annual Report, which details the Association’s activities in a year marked by Covid-19 challenges and a period of transition. Despite the unprecedented challenges, WIOMSA has worked hard to adapt and seize new opportunities, as well as re-evaluate numerous aspects of its operations, in order to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality products and […]
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WIOMSA Newsbrief – September 2021

Read all the compelling stories in the latest issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief! Here’s what we have featured in the September Newsbrief: the winners of the 2021 WIOMSA  awards; the launch of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Outlook by the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA; and the celebration of the first ever MPA […]
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The State of Ocean Governance in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Even though our oceans feed and employ us, produce half of the oxygen on earth, help regulate our climate, and are rich with ingredients for life-saving medicines, they are being degraded by human activities. We dump over 8 million tonnes of litter into the ocean every year. 30% of fisheries are overexploited, while illegal fishing practices costs the […]
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Guidelines for the Assessment of Environmental Flows in the Western Indian Ocean Region

For many communities living in the Western Indian Ocean region, rivers are an essential resource for food, employment, and energy. A new publication, Guidelines for the Assessment of Environmental Flows in the Western Indian Ocean Region, aims to help communities and governments manage these water resources to sustain rivers and the ecosystems, wildlife, and the human livelihoods […]
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WIOMSA Magazine – Issue No.13: August 2021

This issue is inspired by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas Management Network (WIOMPAN). It features marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region; practitioners share their experiences, progress, and future prospects for the region. The recently launched WIO Marine Protected Area Outlook Report 2021 is highlighted, along with updates on progress toward […]
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Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Marine Protected Areas Outlook

The Western Indian Ocean region has declared 143* marine and coastal areas as protected – an area covering 553,163 square kilometers, representing 7 percent of the total Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the region – according to the WIO MPA outlook publication released by the UN Environment Programme  (UNEP)-Nairobi  Convention  and  the  Western  Indian  Ocean […]
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