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A Review of Marine Plastic Litter in the Western Indian Ocean Region: Effectiveness of measures undertaken and opportunities

In 2020, the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA through the Group of Experts on Marine Litter and Microplastics commissioned three inter-related regional assessments on the status of marine litter and microplastics; the resultant ecological, human health and economic impacts; and measures undertaken by different institutions to address the challenges and highlight opportunities which can be harnessed […]
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Marine Plastic Litter in the WIO Region: Status, implications on the environment, human populations and effectiveness of measures and opportunities. A Synthesis Report

In 2020, the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA through the Group of Experts on Marine Litter and Microplastics commissioned three inter-related regional assessments on the status of marine litter and microplastics; the resultant ecological, human health and economic impacts; and measures undertaken by different institutions to address the challenges and highlight opportunities which can be harnessed […]
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Regional Overview of Physical Alteration and Destruction of Habitats (PADH) in the Western Indian Ocean region

This regional overview report presents an assessment of: the importance of the three main priority areas for action (Coastal tourism; mangroves mining/sediment movement; ports and land reclamation and damming of rivers) on the social and economic well-being of the countries of the region; national legislation (laws, regulations, decrees, standards, etc.) relevant to the three main […]
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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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Climate change strategy for the Nairobi Convention

The Climate Change Strategy for the Western Indian Ocean region is an operational framework to foster regional cooperation in addressing the impacts of climate change by assessing the degree of preparedness and the vulnerability and adaptive options of communities within the Nairobi Convention area. It takes into account the existence of national climate change strategies […]
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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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Project Report: Workshop on Geospatial Technology Applied to Smart and Sustainable Coastal Cities. 2-7 December, 2019

The training course aimed at increasing the capacity in the application of geospatial tools in SSCC context; and demonstrating the existing and emerging decision support technology and tools, the workshop covered the following topics: 1. Understanding Smart Sustainable Coastal Cities and Smart Technologies 2. Identifying and mapping urban growth patterns and urban expansion trajectories 3. […]
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Regional training workshop on use of constructed wetlands technology for wastewater treatment, Mombasa, Kenya. 18-22 November 2019

The training aimed at 1) giving participants the knowledge and skills to perform basic wetland design and critically assess existing wetlands or wetland proposals and 2) establishing a network of scientists and managers with interests in utilizing CWSs for wastewater management in the region. The course objectives were to raise and enhance awareness on the status and impacts […]
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Experiences Of Periodic Closures In Small-scale Invertebrate Fisheries

Periodic closures, which are also known as temporary, short-term, rotational, periodically harvested, or non-permanent closures, temporarily ban the harvesting of marine resources in specific areas (Cohen and Foale, 2013). Use of such closures is increasing in community-based management initiatives across the Indo-Pacific and is supported by a growing evidence base (Cinner et al. , 2006; Bartlett et al. […]
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Course Report – Communicating The Findings Of Research To Policy Makers In The Western Indian Ocean Region. 04 – 08 April 2016

It is expected that the training course will facilitate adaptive governance of marine resources which include among others, the development of policies based on well proven scientific results. This can be achieved if effective communication mechanisms between science and policy are set in place. The purpose of this workshop was to train participants on the […]
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