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Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) – A summary for policy makers

The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental changes taking place in the […]
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Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO)

The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental changes taking place in the […]
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Enhancing Science-to-Policy Uptake in the Western Indian Ocean Region. Quick Guide

This document seeks to provide a brief guide for enhanced policy impact to researchers working in the area of ocean governance. The document is based on the report, Enhancing Science-to-Policy Uptake in the Western Indian Ocean Region: Background Document and Guidelines on Effective Science-to-Policy Interaction. This report was commissioned by WIOMSA as part of the […]
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Enhancing Science-to-Policy Uptake in the Western Indian Ocean Region. Background Document and Guidelines on Effective Science to Policy Interaction

The report provides an overview of current thinking on the science-to-policy interface, including a brief overview of relevant theory and a discussion of the policy cycle as a key framing concept to inform science-to-policy engagement. The report includes nine case studies from the Western Indian Ocean region and six international case studies, which seek to […]
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Usimamamizi wa Kijamii wa Rasilimali za Bahari: Muongozo kwa Wanajamii wa Nchi za Kenya na Tanzania

Muongozo huu ambao unapatikana kwa lugha zote mbili za Kiingereza na Kiswahili umepangwa kutoa mwongozo kwa wanajamii na watumizi wa rasilimali ambao wangependa kusimamia rasilimali zao kwa kuanzisha mikakati ya usimamizi wa kijamii  wa maeneo ya mwambao na rasilimali za baharini. Haijadhamiriwa uwe muongozo unaokwenda hatua kwa hatua lakini ni kama utangulizi wa mifano muhimu […]
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Local Management of Marine Resources: A Guide for Communities in Kenya and Mainland Tanzania

This guide available in both English and Kiswahili, has been designed to provide guidance to community members and resource users who wish to manage their own natural resources by developing a strategy for local management of their coastal areas and marine resources. It is meant not as a comprehensive step-by-step guide, but rather as an […]
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Locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean : a review of past and present initiatives

This report served as a background situation analysis for the project “Designing a Regional Network for Western Indian Ocean Local Fisheries Management to Build Community Capacity and Governance Frameworks”, funded through the MacArthur Foundation, which aimed to design a regional network for locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), and ran from April […]
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Shoreline Change in Tanzania and Kenya: Manual for Assessment and Design of Mitigation Strategies

Shoreline change is an ongoing issue affecting communities, their livelihoods and tourism development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. A particular concern has been the threat of coastal erosion to tourism infrastructure. Other concerns, arising both from coastal erosion and from efforts to control it, include habitat loss and the degradation of coastal amenities. […]
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Sea cucumbers in the western Indian Ocean: Improving management of an important but poorly understood resource. WIOMSA Book Series

Across the Western Indian Ocean harvesting of sea cucumbers is predominantly carried out by artisanal fishers. Worldwide production of beche-de-mer that is processed from sea cucumbers is currently not sufficient to meet the demand of the Asian Market and pressure to continue fishing is still very high. This coupled with declining stocks and weak management […]
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A Guide to Commonly Occurring Larval Stages of Fishes in Kenyan Coastal Waters

The early life stages of most fish represent developmental intervals that are ecologically distinct from each other and especially from their later juvenile and adult stages. Knowledge of the changing ecological requirements and limitations, population dynamics, and behavior of the early stages of fish facilitates effective monitoring and management of fish populations and their habitat(s). […]
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