Launch of the State of the Coast for Zanzibar

The Department of Environment and the First Vice President’s Office in Zanzibar formally launched two new publications yesterday:  the “State of the Coast Report for Zanzibar” and “Bahari Yetu.” 

The event was graced by Guest of Honor, H.E Othman Masoud Sharif, the First Vice President of Zanzibar, who emphasised the importance of these publications for Zanzibar. The launch was supported by the Nairobi Convention, with Julius Francis and Obakeng Molelu representing WIOMSA.

The “State of the Coast Report for Zanzibar” highlights the economic potential of the coastal and marine environment in Zanzibar. The report was developed with the support of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, the University of Dar es Salaam, WIOMSA, and the Indian Ocean Commission (COI). It provides an overall view of the state of the environment in terms of the current conditions of the critical oceanic ecosystems and resources. Access the report here:

The other publication launched was “Bahari Yetu,” a unique Swahili publication that provides a comprehensive introduction to physical oceanic processes and detailed descriptions of marine organisms in the Western Indian Ocean region.  Bahari Yetu, whose production was funded by the Government of Sweden and WIOMSA, is an excellent guide for anyone interested in learning more about marine life in the region. Find out more about the resource on:

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