The Marine Regions Forum team is excited to announce that a photography competition is open for submissions, focusing on the 2023 theme “Navigating ocean sustainability in the Western Indian Ocean and beyond.” Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, expertise, and levels of photography experience are welcome to participate. We hope that this photography competition will be...
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The IUCN is conducting a GLOBAL Red List of Mangrove Ecosystems (RLE) whereby they are making draft assessments for each of the 40 mangrove provinces delineated in the world. Our mangrove project ‘Mangroves International Coordination Action – MICA’ is supporting the IUCN for the mangrove provinces for the Western Indian Ocean region and Agulhas (South-Africa); more specifically...
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The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (MarCOSIO), are pleased to offer the Marine Research Grant (MARG I) and the GMES and Africa MarCOSIO Students Grant. Early...
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Save the Date – 5th of October 2023! We are thrilled to announce an upcoming webinar that tackles one of the most pressing challenges in the realm of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries: Navigating 30×30 – building bridges between conservation and small-scale fisheries: potential and pitfalls of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) for African oceans and coasts. Join...
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The countries of the Indian Ocean, and the Comoros archipelago in particular, are made up of a group of islands whose sea is a remarkable source of heritage and tourism in the Indian Ocean. With a population of less than a million inhabitants living on a narrow, rich and varied island, the sea remains a...
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The  Africa Climate Summit & Africa Climate Week 2023 are taking place this week in Kenya, hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission. The summit aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, both globally and particularly in Africa. With the expectation of escalating climate crises in terms of frequency...
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In preparation for the policy work to support countries with the inclusion of blue carbon ecosystems, Pew, Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) together with partners including the Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA, organised a workshop and reception on Sunday 3rd September  in Nairobi, ahead of the Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week taking...
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Aquatic foods are a vital source of essential nutrients and contribute to food and nutrition security in many countries. By 2030, per capita fish consumption is expected to increase worldwide with the exception of Africa, due to population growth outpacing supply on this continent. Aquaculture has significantly expanded in Africa — mostly based on freshwater...
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In a world grappling with the urgent need for environmental conservation, the establishment of Transboundary Conservation Areas (TBCAs) has emerged as a critical strategy for preserving marine ecosystems. One such effort is the collaboration between Kenya and Tanzania, facilitated by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), to establish a Transboundary Conservation Area in...
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The Coral Reef Alliance has launched the Coral Bleaching: Toolkit & Comprehensive Guide  which gathers essential information about coral bleaching into one convenient resource. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of educational content, a handy list of tools for monitoring and alerts, and a practical checklist of steps to take before, during, and after a bleaching...
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Ms Mary-May Jeremie
Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT)
Oceangate House, Room 109
Flamboyant Avenue, Victoria

Vice President
Dr Nina Wambiji
Kenya Marine and Fisheries
Research Institute (KMFRI)
P.O. Box 81651, Mombasa 80100, KENYA

Dr Blandina Lugendo
School of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology,
University of Dar es Salaam, Kunduchi,
P.O. Box 60091
Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA