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The Final Negotiation Workshop on the Protocol for the Protection of Coastal and Marine Environment from Land-based Sources and Activities in Eastern and Southern Africa (LBSA Protocol) including the Revision to the Nairobi Convention;

and the

Regional Stakeholder’s Workshop on the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) focused on Land-based Sources and Activities in the Western Indian Ocean

Mombasa, Kenya, 9 – 12 June 2009

Reports of the final negotiations meeting on the text of the Draft LBSA Protocol and revised Nairobi Convention


The Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention is pleased to share with you the reports of the final negotiation meetings on the text of the draft Protocol for the Protection of the Western Indian Ocean Marine and Coastal Environment from land-based sources and activities as well as the text of the amended Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean Region. The two reports were duly presented and adopted in Mombasa.

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat is in the process of 'cleaning up' the text of the Draft LBSA Protocol and the text of the amended Nairobi Convention adopted during the Mombasa meeting.

Reports


  • Report of the LBSA Protocol Negotiations meeting of the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment in Eastern and Southern Region
    English

  • Report of the final negotiations meeting on the text of the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment in Eastern and Southern Region
    English

Please find below background information on the Negotiations meeting.

I. Introduction
The Secretariat for the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (Nairobi Convention) organized two meetings; (1) the final negotiations meeting on the Draft Protocol for the protection of the coastal and marine environment from land-based Sources and Activities in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (LBSA Protocol) including the Revision to the Nairobi Convention and (2) the final Regional Stakeholders workshop on the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) focused on Land-based Sources and Activities in Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

The two meetings ran concurrently from 9 to 12 June 2009, in Mombasa, Kenya, at the kind invitation of the Government of Kenya.

The final negotiation meeting on the draft LBSA Protocol and the final Stakeholders workshop on the SAP will respectively, was held in response to decisions reached during the 4th Regional Meeting of the Legal and Technical Review Task Force held in Cape Town, South Africa, in the period 19-20 November 2008, and the 2nd Regional Stakeholders Workshop on the Strategic Action Programme that was also held in Cape Town, South Africa in the period 20-21 November 2008.

During these two meetings, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat was mandated with the responsibility of organising follow-up meetings on the same. It should also be noted that these meetings were also in response to the Conference of Parties decision CP 5/4 on the Revision of the Nairobi Convention and related Protocols, as well as COP decision CP 5/1 on the finalization of the Strategic Action Programme on Land-based Sources and Activities, as adopted during the fifth Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP-5) that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2007.

II. Land-based Sources and Activities (LBSA Protocol)
The Draft Protocol for the protection of the coastal and marine environment from land based Sources and Activities in Eastern and Southern Africa (LBSA Protocol) has undergone four consecutive revisions by the Regional Legal and Technical Experts Task Force that is made up of a team of legal and technical experts nominated by the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention.

Following the Cape Town meeting, (Please click here for more information on the Cape Town Meeting) the draft Protocol as well as the amendments to Nairobi Convention were circulated for review by all the participating countries. The comments from the Contracting Parties were subsequently used by the Secretariat to produce the updated version of the two documents that will be discussed during the meeting in Mombasa, Kenya.

In accordance with the decision CP5/4 of COP-5, the proposed regional workshop was expected to adopt the final text of the LBSA Protocol as well as that of the amended Nairobi Convention text. The adoption of the final text of LBSA Protocol will pave way for the convening of a Conference of Plenipotentiaries to adopt the LBSA Protocol and the amended Nairobi Convention text. The same will later on be presented to the 6th Conference of Contracting Parties (COP-6) that is scheduled to be held in Mauritius in November 2009.

III. The final Stakeholder’s Workshop on the Regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP) focused on Land-based Sources and Activities
The Strategic Action Programme focused on land-based sources and activities (SAP) prepared under the auspices of the WIO-LaB Project by a team of government representatives, regional experts and delegates from non-governmental organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa, is based on a series of regional and national assessments including a comprehensive Regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) focused on Land-based Sources and Activities in the WIO region, also prepared under the auspices of the WIO-LaB project.

Several regional and national consultations on both the TDA and the SAP have already taken place including the Regional SAP Stakeholder’s workshop that was held in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2008.

The major outcome of the latter workshop was the consolidation of regional stakeholder’s inputs with regard to the management targets and/or actions defined for each of the transboundary problems/issues identified in the SAP. The inputs received from the stakeholders formed the basis for the further updating and finalization of the SAP by a team of experts constituted by the WIO-LaB Project Management.

On the basis of the inputs received from the Cape Town SAP Stakeholder’s Workshop including those received from a series of National Stakeholder’s Workshops held in Kenya, Seychelles, Comoros, Tanzania, and Mozambique, the SAP was subsequently updated.

It is this updated version of the SAP that was presented during the Regional Stakeholder’s Workshop in Mombasa, Kenya so that stakeholders from all countries that are Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention (including other regional and national partners), identified and agreed on priority activities to be implemented within the framework of Nairobi Convention Work Plan.

It should be noted that the Mombasa SAP stakeholder’s workshop (as was the Cape Town Workshop) was a follow up on the decision CP 5/1.5 of the Nairobi Convention 5th COP held in Johannesburg in November 2007, in which the Contracting Parties to Nairobi Convention;

  1. took note of progress made in the development of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Plan (SAP) concerning land based sources and activities for the Western Indian Ocean Region; and;
  2. requested the Nairobi Convention Secretariat to facilitate and expedite the negotiation and finalization of the SAP, and to initiate as appropriate implementation of an approved SAP for the WIO Region on the basis of the Framework Strategic Action Plan that was tabled in the 5th COP.

Both the SAP and the TDA were posted at http://www.wiolab.org/ and the Nairobi Convention website http://www.unep.org/NairobiConvention/ The draft updated SAP was also circulated to the participants before the meeting.

IV. Programme Structure and Dates
The final negotiation meeting on the text of LBSA Protocol ran from 9th to 10th June 2009 and delegates discussed the comments submitted by the Contracting Parties and agreed on the text for the LBSA Protocol including the amended text for the Nairobi Convention.

The Regional SAP Stakeholders workshop ran from 11th to 12th June 2009. The meeting brought together government representatives, experts and representatives of national and regional organizations and institutions. Stakeholders in the Western Indian Ocean discussed the SAP, and agreed on the priority actions identified therein, as well defined modalities for their implementation.

V. Working Languages
Simultaneous interpretation was provided in English and French.

VI. Venue
The workshop was held at Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya. Participants were booked at the same hotel. The hotel offers fabulous accommodation, banquet and conference facilities on the beachfront located north of Mombasa, at a rate of approximately US$ 71 per night (bed and breakfast). It is 30 minutes away from Moi International Airport, Mombasa.

VII. Transport
The organizers had transport for the participants to/ from the airport to Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa.

VIII. Participants
An estimated 50 participants were invited to both workshops, which forms a key step in the LBSA and SAP development process. In addition to official government delegates, participants also came from other partners of UNEP/Nairobi Convention, experts and NGOs from the Western Indian Ocean region.

IX. Passport and Visa
Participants were requested to make their own arrangements for the issuance of entry visa to Kenya. All participants received invitation letters to enable them process the necessary travel documents.

X. Currency
The Kenya Shilling is the currency of the Republic of Kenya. One can obtain local currency at foreign exchange bureaus and in the banks.

XI. Climate and Clothing Required
Mombasa enjoys a warm and humid climate for most parts of the year. However the period starting June is usually relatively cool with temperatures in the order of 27-28 degree Celsius.

For further information please contact
Either
Dr. Peter Scheren or Dr. Johnson U. Kitheka
The WIO-LaB Project Management Unit
The Joint Secretariat of Abidjan and Nairobi Conventions,
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
P.O. Box 47074 – 00100 Gigiri,
Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0)20 7621270, or +254 (0)20 7621248
Fax: +254 (0)20 7623203/4618/4300
Email: peter.scheren@unep.org or Johnson.kitheka@unep.org
Website:http://www.wiolab.org/and http://www.unep.org/NairobiConvention

 

White Sands Hotel Contacts
P.O. Box 90414
Tel : (254) 412- 471861, 471861-5,
Fax: (254) 412- 472770

Background documents used during the Negotiations Meeting


  • Agenda for the Final Negotiations Meeting on the draft LBSA Protocol and revised text of the Nairobi Convention , 9 - 10 June 2009, Mombasa Kenya
    English

  • Agenda for the Regional Stakeholders Workshop on the Strategic Action Programme (SAP), 11- 12 June 2009, Mombasa Kenya
    English

  • Fourth Draft Protocol additional to the Nairobi Convention concerning Land Based Sources and Activities (LBSA) in the Eastern Africa [and Southern] African Region sent to the countries for comments
    English

    French
  • Updated version of the Fourth Draft Protocol additional to the Nairobi Convention concerning Land Based Sources and Activities (LBSA) in the Eastern Africa [and Southern] African Region with the country comments inserted therein
    English

  • Text of Nairobi Convention sent to the countries for comments.
    English

    French
  • The updated version of the Text of Nairobi Convention with country comments inserted therein
    English

  • Draft Strategic Action Programme (SAP) focused on Land-based Sources and Activities in the Western Indian Ocean
    English
    French