Announcements: Launch of the State of WIO Mangroves; Enhancing Inclusive Governance; MPA Day 2022; Vacancies: Mwambao and WCS

New Publication: State of Mangroves in the WIO

Wetlands International is pleased to announce the release of a new report: The State of Mangroves in the Western Indian Ocean. This new report, developed as part of the Save our Mangroves Now! Initiative, in collaboration with the Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA) partners and building on the data of the Global Mangrove Watch Platform initiative, presents the most reliable and up-to-date information currently available on the spatial extent and recent changes in mangrove distribution in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, including quantification and maps of mangrove blue carbon, drivers of change, and restoration potential. It is a first in a series of spin-offs of The State of the Worlds Mangroves report, published by the GMA last year.  The report focuses on four countries of the WIO region: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. Download the full report.


APAC Side Event: Enhancing Inclusive Protected Area Governance in Africa

Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO), Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) would like to welcome you to be part of our side event entitled ‘Enhancing Inclusive Protected Area Governance in Africa: Community Marine Conservation Areas and Sacred Coastal Forests’ on 22nd July, 2022 at the East Africa Community – EAC Pavilion from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Rwanda Time GMT+2 in the ongoing Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC 2022). The event will be in English and will be broadcast virtually via Zoom.  Please register through this Zoom link to participate virtually: The side event will focus on indigenous and local community conserved areas including Local Managed Marine Areas, Co-Management Fisheries Conservation Areas and Sacred Coastal and Inland Indigenous Forests. Particularly the discussions will emphasize on governance of indigenous and community conserved areas and the role of local communities in the success of community-led conservation, and how best to integrate their involvement at policy level.



MPA Day 2022

The 2022 MPA Day is fast approaching on 1st August 2022!   Africa’s first ever Marine Protected Area Day was held on the 1st of August 2021 in South Africa and the organisers are looking forward to an even bigger event, with celebrations happening  across all MPAs in the WIO region. Would you like to celebrate the day in an MPA close to you? Please get in touch with Marine Protected Area South Africa, to share your ideas and amplify their stories. The South African MPA Alliance partners have a full day of activities lined up for this year’s event. The South African MPA Alliance partners have a full day of activities lined up for this year’s event. Download the day’s activities here : MPA day — Marine Protected Areas South Africa.

New Leadership for Mwambao

Mwambao, which was founded in 2010 and has grown into a dynamic, successful, and well-recognised Tanzanian NGO working with coastal environments and people is seeking to bring in new leadership to help carry them along in their journey of growth going forward.  Mwambao is looking for passionate and able individuals to take on the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Advisor.   Interested applicants should email Download the job descriptions here: Chief Executive OfficerChief Technical Advisor
WCS Social Safeguards Coordinator 
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  has developed an extensive Social Safeguarding Policy for implementation in its field programs in partnership with community, government and private sector stakeholders. Across its various field programs, implementation of this policy is being localized in order to respond to specific social and cultural contexts. To this end, WCS  is seeking a Regional Social Safeguards Coordinator to support the WCS regional team, country programs and field programs in the localization, implementation and compliance to the Social Safeguarding Policy in  Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. Read more here:  Social Safe Guards Coordinator.