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First announcement: Nairobi Convention Meetings

1-10 August, Maputo, Mozambique

Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process for the Western Indian Ocean region on 1 - 3 August, 2012;

The Seventh Meeting of the Ad hoc Legal and Technical Working Group on ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention (LTWG7) on 6 - 8 August, 2012;


World Heritage Focal Points Meeting (date to be determined)

Meeting of Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention on 9 August 2012; and

Meeting of the Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C) on 10 August 2012

Introduction

The Secretariat for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean region (Nairobi Convention) organized a series of regional meetings that were held back to back from 1 to 10 August, 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique.
The meetings included:

  1. Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process for the Western Indian Ocean region on 1 to 3 August, 2012;
  2. The Seventh Meeting of the Ad hoc Legal and Technical Working Group on ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention (LTWG7) on 6 to 8 August, 2012;
  3. World Heritage Focal Points Meeting
  4. Meeting of Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention on 9 August 2012; and
  5. Meeting of the Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in Western Indian Ocean” (WIO-C) on 10 August 2012.

The meetings are as listed below;

1. Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process for the Western Indian Ocean region

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat in partnership with the Government of Mozambique, UNEP, IOC-UNESCO and UNDOALOS organized the Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process for the Western Indian (WIO) region on 1 to 3 August, 2012.

The Regular Reporting Process was established as one of the outcomes of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 August to 4 September 2002. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/30 launched the “Assessment of Assessments” (AoA) as a preparatory stage towards the establishment of the ‘Regular Process for the Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment. The Start-up phase of the Regular Process was conducted by UNEP and IOC-UNESCO and concluded in September 2009. As a follow-up, the General Assembly Resolution 64/71 , Para 182 on the Regular Process requested the UN Division on the Law of the Sea (UN-DOALOS) to provide support for the Regular Process, in cooperation, as appropriate, with relevant United Nations specialized agencies and programmes. 

It is within this context that Regional Capacity Building Workshop was organized, as an initiative which seeks to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. 

Objectives of the Workshop:

  • Reviewed and evaluate all assessments considered by the participants to be relevant to the Western Indian Ocean region and, on the basis of those evaluations, compiled an inventory of assessments likely to be useful for the Regular Process.
  • Started building a network between experts and organizations taking part in each workshop, and the Group of Experts and the Secretariat of the Regular Process.
  • Identified the capacity-building needs of the countries of the WIO region needed to allow them to contribute more fully to, and benefit more fully from, the Regular Process.
  • Started building capacity for integrated assessment in the WIO region.

2. The Seventh Meeting of the Ad hoc Legal and Technical Working Group on ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention (LTWG7)

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat, UNEP in partnership with the Government of the Mozambique also organized the Seventh Meeting of the Ad hoc Legal and Technical Working Group on the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol to the Nairobi Convention (LTWG7) on 6 to 8 August, 2012.

The meeting brought together members of the Ad hoc Legal and Technical Working Group on the ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention, comprising of nominated legal and technical ICZM experts in the Western Indian Ocean region. The experts were drawn from the contracting parties to the Nairobi Convention which are; Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa.

Objectives of the Meeting:

  • Reviewed the Guidelines for Drafters and Negotiators of the ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention.
  • Reviewed the proposed Sixth draft of the ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention developed after the 6th Meeting of the Ad-hoc Legal and Technical Working Group (LTWG6) held on 5 - 7 December 2011, in Maputo, Mozambique.

The outcome of LTWG7 meeting was a meeting report that drew a conclusion on the drafting process of the ICZM Protocol to the Nairobi Convention. The meeting also initiated the preparation process for  the Seventh draft ICZM protocol that will be presented at the Seventh Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP7).

Report for the Meeting of Nairobi Convention focal points

3. World Heritage Focal Points Meeting

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat, UNEP in partnership with the Government of Mozambique and the World Heritage Centre organized the World Heritage Focal Points Meeting on 8 August, 2012.

The World Heritage Centre is implementing a new initiative to expand the representation of marine sites on the World Heritage List in the Western Indian Ocean region. New sites identified in the Mozambique Channel and the Mascarene Plateau (between Mauritius and Seychelles) are most likely to meet the criteria for Outstanding Universal Value, for their geology, oceanography and biological characteristics. These sites will require trans-boundary cooperation and initiatives among countries of the region, and the Nairobi Convention provides an intergovernmental platform to pursue the next steps.

 Objective of the Meeting
The meeting brought together World Heritage Focal Points and experts in the Western Indian Ocean region who explored possible synergies between World Heritage and Nairobi Convention processes, to generate support for the conservation and sustainable use and management of the marine environments of the countries of the region.

4. Meeting of Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat UNEP in partnership with the Government of Mozambique organized a Meeting of Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention on 9 August, 2012. The meeting brought together Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention from Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa.

Objective of the Meeting:
They discussed the implementation of the Nairobi Convention’s Work Programme; and preparations for the Seventh Conference of Parties (COP7) to the Nairobi Convention scheduled for 10 to 14 December 2012 including developing the agenda for the COP7, review of technical and other meeting documents, and agreement on decisions for the New Action Plan, and Programme for the Nairobi Convention 2013 to 2016.

Provisional draft agenda

5. Meeting of the Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in Western Indian Ocean” (WIO-C) 

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat, UNEP in partnership with the Government of Mozambique and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) also organized a Meeting of the “Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean” (WIO-C) on 10 August, 2012.

WIO-C is a consortium of NGOs in partnership with Inter-governmental organizations, whose main purposes are to support synergy in programmes of work on marine and coastal ecosystem management and promote knowledge and information sharing amongst stakeholders in the Western Indian Ocean region. WIO-C provides a mechanism for non-governmental entities to anchor activities in the Nairobi Convention and other intergovernmental processes and thus strengthening their implementation.

Objective of the Meeting:
The meeting discussed amongst others WIO-C operational modalities particularly in relation to planning and implementation of joint activities; drafts of technical reports for submission to the Seventh Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention; formalization of the technical support to WIO Coastal Challenge and WIO-C participation to the World Conservation Congress, South Korea.

For further details on the meetings contact
Dixon Waruinge
Head
Secretariat for the Nairobi Convention
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme
Po. Box 30552 (00100)
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. 254 20 7622025; 7621250
Email: dixon.waruinge@unep.org
www.unep.org/NairobiConvention


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Other website links

 IOC-UNESCO

 UNDOALOS

 World summit on sustainable development 2002

 Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

 World Heritage Centre