8th Conference of Parties Meeting for the Nairobi Convention
22-24 June 2015
Theme: “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.”
Outcomes of the just concluded successful 8th Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention
The Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of Marine and Coastal and Environment of the Western Indian Ocean Region have concluded the 8th Conference of Parties meeting in Mahe, Seychelles on 24th June 2015.
The Parties lauded UNEP and its Partners for launching the first Regional State of Coast report for the Western Indian region. The report’s aim is to integrate socio-economic and ecological systems in the region by using a uniform methodology to establish a baseline that can be monitored and to I) highlight main opportunities, iii) describe successes and challenges, iv) identify capacity building needs, v) identify knowledge gaps, and vi) propose policy options.
The Contracting Parties also among others, called for regional guidelines on environmental management for oil and gas development, and asked countries and partners that are involved in oil and gas development to conduct and implement a regionally coordinated strategic environmental assessment, of social and environmental sustainability of oil and gas in the Western Indian Ocean Region.
The Contracting Parties also called for a regional climate change strategy for the Nairobi Convention Area with recommendations that can be integrated into national climate change strategies with options for the development of policies, programmes and projects on climatic variability and climate change.
The Contracting Parties recognised the contributions of partners including the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and requested the Nairobi Convention and WCS to prepare a Regional Status Report on Sharks and Rays in the Western Indian Ocean.
Significantly the Contracting Parties called for cooperation in improving the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction, by building on existing regional institutions including the Nairobi Convention and by developing area based management tools such as marine spatial planning to promote the blue economy pathways in the Western Indian Ocean Region.
In this regard the Contracting Parties decided that each party should apply blue or ocean economy approaches as pathways for sustained economic growth, food security, poverty eradication, job creation and environmental sustainability; and lauded the efforts by the by Seychelles on blue economy, Mauritius with ocean economy and South Africa with ocean economy Operation Phakisa.
Background information on the COP8
The working documents for COP8 including the Agenda are available at http://www.unep.org/NairobiConvention/Meetings/COP8/Documents.asp
Organization of the Conference
The eighth Conference of Parties meeting was preceded by three workshops:
a) An Ocean Governance and Blue Economy Workshop” on 17-18 June 2015;
b) A “Partnerships Meeting” on 19 June 2015; and
c) A “Science to Policy Meeting” on 20 June 2015
The COP 8 is divided into two segments: an Experts meeting on 22 June 2015; and a Heads of Delegation Meeting on 23-24 June 2015.
- Project on the Implementation of the Strategic Action Program for the Western Indian Ocean ( WIO-SAP) and the SIDS IWRM project;
- Northern Mozambique Channel Project;
- Trans-boundary Marine Protected Area between Kenya and Tanzania ;
- Oil and Gas Project with GRID-Arendal
- Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea Living Marine Resources and Ecosystems in the ABNJ” ( FAO and WCMC)
- Partnership initiatives from the WIO-C and the Nairobi Convention Partners.
The working languages for the meeting were English and French. Simultaneous interpretation services from English to French was provided for the Blue economy and Ocean Governance, Partnerships and Science to Policy Workshops on 17-20 June 2015 and for the COP8 meeting on 22-24 June 2015.
Limited sponsorship was available to the Heads of Delegation from the 10 Contracting Parties of the Nairobi Convention.
COP8 highlights, documents and resources
Decisions adopted during the 8th Conference of Parties Meeting for the Nairobi Convention, held from 22-24 June,2015 in Mahe, Seychelles.
Working Documents & Information documents
Briefing note to focal points, WIOC members and experts on COP8
Beau Vallon area map
- COP7: Maputo, Mozambique,
10 - 14 December 2012
Nairobi, Kenya, 29 March - 1 April, 2010
Johannesburg, South Africa, 5–8 November 2007
Antananarivo, Madagascar, 6-8 July 2004
Maputo, Mozambique, 5-7 December 2001
Port Louis, 2-4 November 1999
Mahé Island, Seychelles, 17-18 March 1997