We work with a wide array of partners in order to generate knowledge about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge to the management, sustainable development, marine environment protection, and decision-making processes within its Member States.

The Nairobi Convention is a partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector, working towards a prosperous Western Indian Ocean Region with healthy rivers, coasts and oceans.


The aim of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association is to advance regional co-operation in all aspects of coastal and marine sciences (including socio-economic and management sciences) and management, and to support sustainable development in the Western Indian Ocean Region, while promoting interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.


The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCOSouth) project, aims to maintain, further develop and provide a sustainable platform for local, institutional, human and technical capabilities across Southern African countries.


Coastal Oceans Research and Development is a non-profit research organization, registered in Kenya, with a network of projects, collaborators and partners that extends across the Indian Ocean. From 1999 to 2015 CORDIO has supported and collaborated in projects (mostly on coral reef ecosystems) in 20 countries in 5 sub-regions of the Indian Ocean.


The Abidjan convention provides an overarching legal framework for all marine-related programmes in West, Central and Southern Africa.

The Convention’s secretariat states its mission as to “Protect, Conserve and Develop the Abidjan Convention Area and its Resources for the Benefit and Well-being of its People.”


The Regional Centre For Mapping Of Resources For Development is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 20 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. Their mission is to strengthen the member States and our stakeholders’ capacity through Generation, Application and Dissemination of Geo-information and Allied Technologies for sustainable development.


The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The programme aims to provide tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision making, and funding opportunities for specific site-based actions.