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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…
By Kapil Narula [Mumbai, India] The 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) was held from 24-28 October 2016, at International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Headquarters in London. The meeting adopted key decisions which are likely to have a long-lasting effect on the marine environment and would contribute to enhancing the Blue Economy. Among these, three landmark decisions deserve a mention. Date of implementation of Global Sulphur Cap Ships use Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) which has high sulphur content and contributes to air pollution in the form of sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions. Under regulation 14 of Annex VI to…
This week we are privileged to run two separate interviews on deep-sea mining. These interviews are rare insights and knowledge gems in understanding this subject. We invite you our reader to read the views of Nautilus Minerals who are actively involved in deep sea mining as a private sector concern and also troll through the views of the environmental defence lobby Greenpeace on deep-sea mining. If you wish to join the debate drop us a line by contacting us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this is an emerging issue will be publishing insightful pieces and opinions on this subject. IOO. What are the…
This week we are privileged to run two separate interviews on deep-sea mining. These interviews are rare insights and knowledge gems in understanding this subject. We invite you our reader to read the views of Nautilus Minerals who are actively involved in deep sea mining as a private sector concern and also troll through the views of the environmental defence lobby Greenpeace on deep-sea mining. If you wish to join the debate drop us a line by contacting us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this is an emerging issue will be publishing insightful pieces and opinions on this subject. IOO: What measures should…
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