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Welcome to the Nairobi Convention

The Nairobi Convention provides a mechanism for regional cooperation, coordination and collaborative actions in the Eastern and Southern African region that enables the Contracting Parties to harness resources and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups towards solving interlinked problems of the coastal and marine environment including critical national and transboundary issues.

The Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region was signed in 1985 and came into force in 1996, making it one of 17 regional seas conventions and action plans. The Convention was amended and adopted in April, 2010.

The Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention are Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa. More...

News Round-Ups

Ocean Acidification Triggered Greatest Mass Extinction Ever

It's no secret that ocean acidification caused by climate change is currently wreaking havoc on our oceans, but a new study shows that acidic oceans also triggered the greatest mass extinction ever on Earth. - Read full article

A mile deep, ocean fish facing health impacts from human pollution

Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. - Read full article

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 8th Conference of Parties Meeting for the Nairobi Convention, to be held from 22-24 June,2015 in Mahe, Seychelles.
Theme: “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.”...
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 Meeting of Focal Points to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development for the Western Indian Ocean Region(4 May,2015)...
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