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Regional Workshop on the Development of the Land-based Sources /Activities (LBSA) Protocol and Revision to the Nairobi Convention;
and the
Regional Workshop on the Development of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) on Land-based Sources and Activities for the Western Indian Ocean
Cape Town, South Africa, 18th - 21st November 2008

I: Introduction

The Secretariat for the Convention for the Protection Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern Africa Region (Nairobi Convention) will organise the first formal Legal and Technical Review Meeting on the Draft Protocol on Land-based Sources and Activities (LBSA Protocol) as well as a Regional Stakeholder workshop regarding the Strategic Action Programme on Land-based Sources and Activities (SAP) on 18th - 21st November 2008, in Cape Town, at the kind invitation of the Government of South Africa.

The Legal and Technical review meeting and Stakeholder workshop, were organised in response to the Conference of Parties decision CP 5/4 on the Revision of the Nairobi Convention and related Protocols, as well as CP 5/1 on the finalization of the Strategic Action Programme on Land-based Sources and Activities, as adopted at the fifth Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention (COP5) in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2007.


II. Land-based Sources and Activities (LBSA Protocol)

The LBSA protocol has so far undergone three consecutive revisions by the Regional Legal and Technical Experts Task Force established under the Nairobi Convention. Legal and Technical Experts Task Force consists of nominated legal and technical experts from all the Contracting Parties that are participating in the WIO-LaB project.

The LBSA protocol has also been presented for National level consultations in all the Contracting Parties that are participating in the WIO-LaB project. Furthermore, proposed revisions to the Convention and the drfat LBSA protocol were prepared and presented at the COP5. In accordance with the decision CP5/4 of COP5, the proposed regional workshop will provide review the final drafts of the LBSA Protocol and proposed new text for some articles of the the Nairobi Convention.

The final SAP document is under development by a team of government representatives, experts and delegates from non-governmental organizations. The SAP is based on a series of regional and national assessments including a comprehensive Regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis on Land-based Sources and Activities as completed under the WIO-LaB project.

Several regional and national consultations have already taken place and the Regional Stakeholder workshop will help further define the objectives, targets and activities as identified in the draft SAP.


III. Stakeholder Workshop on the Regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP) on Land-based Sources and Activities

This workshop follows up on decision CP 5/1.5 of the Nairobi Convention COP held in Johannesburg in November 2007, which was to;

  1. take note of progress made in the development of an updated Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Plan (SAP) concerning land based sources and activities for the Western Indian Ocean Region;
  2. request the Secretariat to facilitate and expedite the negotiation and finalization, and to initiate as appropriate implementation of an approved Strategic Action Plan for the Region on the basis of the current Framework Strategic Action Plan.

In follow-up to this decision, the Convention Secretariat through the Wio-LaB project has the finalized the TDA and has constituted a drafting Team for the SAP.

The TDA is currently available in its final draft form and has been posted at http://www.wiolab.org/ and the Nairobi Convention website. The Draft SAP is being prepared for circulation on or before 7th of November.


IV. Programme Structure

The Legal and Technical Review Meeting on the LBSA Protocol discussed and finalized the text for the LBSA Protocol and a number of articles of the Nairobi Convention that should be updated before the adoption of the LBSA Protocol.

The Regional Stakeholders workshop on the development of a SAP brought together government representatives, experts and representatives of national and regional organizations and institutions. It intended to bring together stakeholders from the Western Indian Ocean to discuss the draft SAP, and review the priority actions identified therein, as well as to define modalities for its implementation.

V. Venue


The workshop was held at Ocean View Hotel, Cape Town South Africa. The Ocean View Hotel offers fabulous accommodation, banquet and conference facilities on the beachfront of the beautiful Strand. Its 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

VI. Dates
The Regional Workshop Development of the Land-based Sources and Activities
(LBSA) Protocol and Revisions to the Nairobi Convention was held on the 18th – 19th November 2008.

The Regional Workshop on the Development of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) on Land-based Sources and Activities for the Western Indian Ocean was held on the 20th - 21st November 2008.

VII. Participants
An estimated 50 participants were invited to the workshop, which forms a key step in the SAP development process. The SAP will, after adoption by the Nairobi Convention Contracting Parties, be implemented in part through the Work Programme of the Nairobi Convention.

VIII. Passport and Visa
Participants were required to make their own arrangements for their passport and visa to South Africa.

IX. Currency
The rand (ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. One can obtain local currency at exchange counters at the airport and in the banks.

X. Climate and Clothing Required
Cape Town enjoys a long summer from mid October to March. Temperatures vary from mid 20's to mid 30's degrees Celsius with little rain over the period

For further information
Please contact,
The WIO-Lab Project Manager,
Mr. Peter Scheren,
P.O. Box 47074 Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya,
Tel: +254 (0)20 7621270, Fax: +254 (0)20 7623203,
Email: peter.scheren@unep.org
Website:http://www.wiolab.org/and http://www.unep.org/NairobiConvention/index.asp

Ocean View Hotel Contacts
17 Beach Rd , Strand
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Local Tel : 021-8414300
INT Tel : +27-21-8414300
Local Fax : 021-8414300
INT Fax : +27-21-8414300

Background Documents


  • Provisional Agenda: Regional Workshop on the Development of the Land-based Sources /Activities (LBSA) Protocol and Revision to the Nairobi Convention
    English
  • Provisional Agenda: Regional Workshop on the Development of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) on Land-based Sources and Activities for the Western Indian Ocean
    English
  • Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region and related protocols
    English
    French

  • Third Draft LBA protocol concerning Land Based Sources and Activities (LBS/A) in the Eastern African region
    English

    French
  • Draft Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis of Land-based Sources and Activities in the Western Indian Ocean Region
    English

  • Draft Strategic Action Programme for the Protection of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal and Marine Environment From Land-based Sources and Activities
    English