6th Conference of Parties Meeting for the Nairobi Convention ;
Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Nairobi Convention
29th March - 1st April 2010, Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: SUSTAINING PROGRESS
The Nairobi Convention Secretariat
held the Sixth Conference
of Parties (COP6) to the Nairobi Convention at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Headquarters at Gigiri in Nairobi Kenya, from 29 March
to 1 April 2010. The COP6 was organised by the United
Nations Environment Programme in close collaboration
with the Government of Kenya, the host and the Government
of Mauritius as the Chair of the Bureau of the Nairobi
Convention. The theme of the Sixth Conference of Parties
(COP6) meeting was “Sustaining Progress”.
Pursuant to Article 4 (2); Article
19 (1) and (3); and Article 18 of the Nairobi Convention
and decision CP5/4 of COP5, the Secretariat also
organised a Conference of Plenipotentiaries, as part
of the COP6 meeting, which considered and adopted two
new legal instruments namely:
- The Amended Nairobi Convention for the
Protection, Management and Development of the Marine
and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean
(Amended Nairobi Convention); and;
- The Protocol for the Protection of the
Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian
Ocean from Land – Based Sources and Activities
Conference of Plenipotentiaries and COP6 meeting was
a defining moment for the Convention, as the meeting
achieved the following: a) adopted the Amended
Nairobi Convention b) adopted the LBSA Protocol; c) endorsed
the Strategic Action Programme for the Protection of
the Marine and Coastal Environment in the Western Indian
Ocean from Land- based Sources and Activities (SAP);
and d) endorsed the process for developing a new long
term action strategy that will replace the 1985 Eastern
Africa Action Plan.
Prior to the COP6 meetings two regional
meetings were organised back to back with COP6.
i) The First Conference of National
Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Committees
in the Western Indian Ocean which discussed progress
in development of Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Plans in the Western Indian Ocean region, on 24 to 25
March 2010 in Mombasa, Kenya; and
ii) The Regional Steering Committee meeting for the
GEF UNEP-UNDP Project Preparation Grant (PPG) phase
for the project entitled Implementing Integrated Water
Resource and Wastewater Management in the Atlantic and
Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States discussed the outputs of the PPG process, on 26 March
2010 in Nairobi, Kenya.
During the COP6 meeting sessions, the WIO Regional Stocktaking
Meeting was held on 29 March 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The workshop considered progress made in the implementation
of all the GEF projects under the International Waters
portfolio in the Western Indian Ocean region.
The Sixth COP was also used as a platform to share experiences and lessons learnt in the implementation of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project (ASCLME) and the Project 'Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Africa Project'. More...
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