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7th Conference of Parties Meeting for the Nairobi Convention

10 - 14 December 2012
Maputo, Mozambique

Theme: “Partnering for a Healthy Western Indian Ocean”.

Second Announcement

UNEP Nairobi Convention Secretariat in close collaboration with the host and Chair of the Bureau for the Nairobi Convention, the Government of Mozambique, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and CORDIO East Africa are pleased to announce to you the forthcoming Seventh Conference of Parties (COP7) for the Nairobi Convention to be held from 10th to 14th December 2012, at Hotel Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique. The Conference of Parties meeting will be organized under the theme “Partnering for a Healthy Western Indian Ocean”.

In preparation towards COP7, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique organized a focal points meeting held on 9 August 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique to agree on the agenda for COP7. The agreed draft agenda is attached as Annex I of this announcement.

The COP7 is expected to achieve the following:

  • Report on the progress made in the drafting of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone management (ICZM), ratification and implementation of the Protocol for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBSA protocol);
  • Create new partnerships on oil and gas, climate change, green economy, ports and harbours, ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, and World Heritage sites;
  • Review the recommendations of the regional report on marine protected areas and regional synthesis report on Birds as indicators of Ecosystem health;
  • Agree on the new reporting format for the Nairobi Convention including assessment reports such as State of the Coast Report, Ocean Health Index, mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass beds;
  • Review the proposed new coordination mechanism, Action Strategy and Work Programme for 2013 to 2016 for the Nairobi Convention; and
  • Review status of ongoing programmes and projects such as the Mangroves for the Future initiative in the Western Indian Ocean on “Enhancing the resilience of coastal systems in the Western Indian Ocean”;

Meeting documents
The list of documents to be prepared and discussed during COP7 is attached as Annex II of this second announcement. Summaries of technical discussion papers are attached as Annex III

Organization of the Conference
The seventh Conference of Parties meeting will be preceded by three workshops:

  • A “Sharks conservation and management workshop” on 5 to 7 December 2012;
  • A “science for policy workshop” on 10 and 11 December 2012; and
  • A “Policy makers and experts meeting” and a “WIO-C meeting” on 12 December 2012.

Thereafter, the Seventh Conference of Parties will be held on 13 and 14 December 2012.

Working languages
The working languages for the meeting are English, French and Portuguese. Simultaneous interpretation services from English to French and Portuguese will be provided for the policy makers and experts meeting on the 12 December and for the COP meeting on 13-14 December 2012.

Limited sponsorship will be available to the Heads of Delegation from the 10 Contracting Parties of the Nairobi Convention.



Previous Sessions

Pre-Session Documents

Working Documents

Information&Background Documents

Further Resources

First Announcement to the COP7


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Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

BirdLife International

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

CORDIO East Africa


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Previous meetings/reports

  • Report for the Meeting of Nairobi Convention focal points held on 9 August, 2012 [Download]