A proposed transboundary marine conservation area (TBCA) between Kenya and Tanzania is currently under development for the enhancement of coastal biodiversity conservation between the two countries. An assembly held from 20th to 21st November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, brought together more than 20 delegates for the co-design of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the TBCA. The two-day gathering was organised by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), WIOMSA, and the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, with support from the SIDA-funded Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation Project.
Tanzania’s commitment to establishing the TBCA was affirmed by Dr. Sware Semesi- Managing Director of the Marine Parks and Reserve Unit (MPRU) who officially launched the meeting. Speaking at the session, Mr. Solomon, Head of Wildlife Multilateral Environmental Agreement Implementation at the Kenya Wildlife Service, echoed commitment from the Kenyan delegation to the transboundary conservation development processes. Mr. Joel Mokenye, representing AU-IBAR, further highlighted joint obligations between the two countries; and WIOMSA Executive Director, Dr. Arthur Tuda, emphasised the importance of formalisation of the TBCA establishment processes through the MoU development.
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