The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental changes taking place in the region and the opportunities to avoid serious degradation in one of the world’s unique and highly biodiverse oceans.
The report goes a step further and presents exploratory scenarios and policy analysis to better inform anticipatory planning and management of coastal and marine resources.
Thirty years after the Nairobi Convention was enacted, there is no better way to mark this major milestone than launching this report in 2015 - a report which amongst others, will provide the Convention with the basis for reflection on where it is coming from and where it would wish to be in another thirty years from now.
Date of launch: Monday, 22 June, 2015
Venue: Savoy Hotel, Mahe, Seychelles
Mr. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations;
Mr. Didier Dogley, Seychelles Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change; and
Mrs. Mette Wilkie, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP
Press release on the launch of the State of Coast report
Western Indian Ocean's Pristine Ecosystems, Valued at US $25 Billion Annually, Under Threat. - Read more
News articles related to the launch of the Regional State of Coast report and the COP8
i) Seizing the Blue Economy Approach in the Western Indian Ocean Region.
Achim Steiner Speech to Nairobi Convention COP8. - Read more
ii) Nairobi Convention's 30th anniversary: Western Indian Ocean remains largely unpolluted due to regional 'foresight' - Read more
iii) Seychelles Summit Puts Marine Wildlife In The Spotlight. - Read more
iv) Nairobi Convention: Seychelles has ‘embraced sustainability’, says UNEP Executive Director . - Read more