Insight

 By Katherine Anderson [Geneva, Switzerland] The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has been working for more than a decade to open access to Earth observation data and information, and increase awareness around their socioeconomic value. As GEO moves into the second decade four new global partners are announced to help support GEO’s vision. The GEO community has been building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that links Earth observation resources worldwide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs). These SBAs range from Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security, Infrastructure and Transportation Management…
By Dr. David Obura, This summary presents my main concerns about the marine environmental impacts of the Amu Coal Plant in Lamu County. My comments are based on my reading of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and relevant scientific studies, my 25 years of experience on coral reefs and coastal marine ecosystems of the Kenya coast, East Africa and globally, and a site visit on the sea. The ESIA submitted by the project and accepted by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has such gross omissions that the license based on it should be reversed immediately, and a…
By Kenneth Esau Oduol [Kisite Mpunguti Bay, Kenya] In the past Dugong were widely distributed along the southern coast of Kenya. However, over the years a decline in the index of species abundance and extent of occurrence has been reported. Kenyan Marine expert suspect that without targeted species conservation efforts in the immediate and longer term these numbers will reduce further. Sightings of the Dugong have also reduced when compared to the last ten years. The mighty Dugong, a gem of the Indian Ocean [Image: CC-GBR] The importance of the conservation challenges facing this species is increasingly recognized in Kenyan…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Lamu, Kenya] Mid this year the UN will be convening “The Ocean Conference” at the UN headquarters in New York. This conference brings in the world to discuss how to advance SDG14 which specifically deals with oceans. Three months before “The Oceans Conference” the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) which is an international organization bringing together 21 Member States will be celebrating its 20th anniversary since it came into being. IORA which counts Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE and Yemen…
Observatory (IOO). In this interview Andersson reveals GCF’s ground-breaking “New Shape Prize” which is aimed at “sparking fresh thinking around the kinds of global cooperation needed to tackle major global threats such as climate change and conflict.” Indeed the Western Indian Ocean is right at the centre of the key tenets espoused by this prize. It is an award that should spark the interest of the youth and idealists’ in the region as it calls for “ideas that remodel global governance for the 21st century.” It is an exclusive of immense proportions for those imbued with great ideas on how…
One of the Indian Ocean’s foremost environmental defenders Dr Nirmal Shah (Nimmo to his close friends) who is the CEO of Nature Seychelles, spoke to the IOO on a wide range of marine conservation issues. In this interview which forms part of our IOO 2017 Environmental Perspectives, Dr Shah narrates of his mission to “save birds, introduce conservation to the public and young people, restore island ecosystems, integrate tourism and conservation”. Significantly Dr Shah opens up an extraordinary window showcasing how he has helped nurture designer reefs and how he has promoted the deployment of innovation to push the boundaries…
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