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WIO MPA Outlook: Tanzania and Marine Protected Areas

The Nairobi Convention, with WIOMSA, launched the WIO MPA Outlook on Friday! Last up in the series of the MPA Outlook fact sheets is Tanzania and its marine protected areas. Do you know that Tanzania has 2143 square kilometers of oceans protected by MPAs? Local communities have not been left behind either with 19 Collaborative […]
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The Western Indian Ocean region has declared 550,000 square kilometers as protected, a 63% jump since 2015!

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 a new publication by the UN Environment Programme  (UNEP)-Nairobi  Convention  and  the  Western  Indian  Ocean Marine Science Association. […]
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WIO MPA Outlook Report: South Africa and Marine Protected Areas

Only one day to go to the launch of the WIO MPA  Outlook by Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA! Today, we  highlight South Africa and its MPAs. The country has made significant progress towards increasing the total coverage of its MPAs which serve important functions for the country including maintaining fish stocks, creating employment opportunities and […]
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WIO MPA Outlook Report: Marine Protected Areas and the Seychelles

What does success in the achievement of SDG 14.5 look like? The Seychelles is a world class example of success with 16 MPAs covering 26.4 % of its EEZ  and 2600 species protected in its waters. Learn more about this remarkable accomplishment during the launch of the WIO MPA Outlook Report by the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA […]
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MPA Outlook Report: Marine Protected Areas in Mozambique

The 7 MPAs in Mozambique offer valuable ecosystem services such as building resilience  to climate change and extreme weather events, allowing the country to maintain its important fish stocks,  protecting its spectacular biodiversity and promoting  tourism. Join the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA at the launch of the WIO MPA Outlook on Friday 16 July at 2 pm […]
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WIO MPA Outlook Report: MPAs and the Republic of Mauritius

Mauritius has 18 MPAs and 2 Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas. The objectives of these protected areas range from protection and conservation of marine life to  the enjoyment of the sea and its rich bounty of biodiversity, from provision of job and food security  to providing living laboratories for science and research. Join the Nairobi Convention […]
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The MPA Outlook Report: Madagascar and Marine Protected Areas

Madagascar has pledged to triple the surface of its MPAs by 2025. It is well on its way to delivering on this pledge with 22 MPAs protecting 14,451 square kilometers of the ocean and 200 locally managed areas that are either legally recognised MPAs or managed by the local communities through legal bylaws. Learn more […]
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WIO MPA Outlook Report: Marine Protected Areas and Kenya

Did you know that 24 coastal communities in Kenya have created informal MPAs to conserve their fisheries and marine resources and secure alternative sources of income?  Kenya is considering declaring 3 additional MPAs in Ras Tenewi and Malindi-Watamu and a Trans-boundary Conservation Area with Tanzania. Want to find out more about some of the remarkable […]
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The WIO MPA Outlook report: French Territories and Marine Protected Areas

Join us at the launch of the Western Indian Ocean MPA Outlook: Towards Achievement of the Global Biodiversity Framework Targets on 16th July 2021. The report outlines the progress made by the governments of the western Indian Ocean towards meeting their commitments of conserving at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. In today’s highlight, […]
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The WIO MPA Outlook Report Highlights!

In preparation for the launch of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Marine Protected Areas Outlook report 2021, WIOMSA will support the Nairobi Convention in the release of country-specific factsheets presenting key highlights from the report. WIOMSA is honored to be a part of the MPA Outlook! With the help of WIO nation governments, the Nairobi […]
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