The Marine Regions Forum’s engagement with the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region took a leap forward recently, thanks to an invitation from the Nairobi Convention Secretariat to attend a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Information Management Strategy (IMS) capacity development workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop, which took place from the 28th of November to the 1st of December, brought together over 60 participants from the coastal and island state countries of the WIO. These participants included members of MSP and IMS technical working groups, as well as some of the Nairobi Convention national focal points. Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros, and Madagascar were represented at the workshop.

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The Marine Regions Forum team together with partners organised two events during the 2022 UN Ocean Conference (UNOC) from 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The UNOC, co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya, had as theme “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions” and aimed to mobilise action to implement sustainable development goal (SDG) 14.

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