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 new Blue Park designations accelerating the protection of the most important places in our oceans. Kisite-Mpunguti is a perfect example of an important and richly biodiverse place to protect while at the same time providing local communities with food,” said Dr. Lance Morgan, the President of Marine Conservation Institute. WIOMSA congratulates KWS on this historic award!
The theme of Issue 14 is “WIO Marine Conservation: people, progress, prospects”. The magazine showcases voices of experience in marine conservation offering lessons learnt and best practices from various marine conservation settings in Comoros, Reunion (France), Rodrigues (Mauritius), Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Mozambique and Kenya. Another key highlight of Issue 14, featured in the article Where Giants Roam, is the 7th December 2021 decision of the Government of Mozambique to approve the creation of Maputo National Park. The new park effectively combines the Ponto do Ouro Partial Reserve and the Maputo Special Reserve. Dive in to read this and more stories in Issue 14!