Conference 2023


The 2023 Marine Regions Forum conference in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region will be hosted in the United Republic of Tanzania, in collaboration with the Republic of Seychelles. The conference is being organized in partnership with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and regional partners.

The 3-day conference will take place, in person, in Tanzania, from the 7th – 9th of November 2023. Due to the limited spaces available, participation is only possible by invitation.

Zanzibar Beach (c) MRF

The conference will explore what is needed to enhance cooperation and coordination to advance ocean governance within the Western Indian Ocean region and beyond. The conference agenda is developed in close collaboration with our partners to ensure that the event adds value to existing regional processes. In addition to highlighting the successes and challenges in the WIO region, the conference will bring together selected experts from other regions to encourage knowledge exchange and share examples of good practice in regional governance processes. While this conference will have a regional focus, the interregional knowledge exchange remains an important component of the Marine Regions Forum. By complementing existing processes, facilitating open exchange and dialogue across sectors, and disseminating emerging recommendations to the formal policy processes including, among others, the conference supports implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.



The conference will incorporate interactive workshops, engaging panel discussions and keynote presentations as well as providing space for creativity and meaningful networking. Participants will leave the conference feeling empowered, energised and on the cutting edge of ocean governance processes!




The conference will tackle pressing topics through four distinct thematic strands, each with a dedicated focus on inclusivity (day 1), innovation (day 2), and implementation (day 3).



Stay tuned! More details on the conference will be available soon!

We are passionate about the ocean and can’t visit everywhere but would love to find out more about your region and work so we are having a photo competition as part of the Marine Regions Forum. Please find out more here – Deadline is the 1st November and the competition is open to all.


The Marine Regions Forum in the Western Indian Ocean is co-funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry of Climate and Enterprise and German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection. The Marine Regions Forum 2023 conference in the Western Indian Ocean is being developed in partnership with the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and various partners:

The 2023 Propelling Ocean Action Conference is co-hosted by The United Republic of Tanzania in collaboration with The Republic of Seychelles


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