The main objective of the SAPPHIRE project of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat is to achieve effective long-term ecosystem management in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region large Marine Ecosystems in line with the Strategic Action Programme for sustainable management of the Western Indian Ocean large Marine Ecosystems as endorsed by the participating countries.
The project supports technical and institutional capacity of national institutions and collaborate with other institutions to support knowledge-based governance approaches and decision-making approaches for adaptive management of the large marine ecosystems.
The project will benefit Governments of Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania.
To achieve effective long-term ecosystem management in the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems in line with the Strategic Action Programme as endorsed by the participating countries
The SAPPHIRE portal provides a wealth of analytical data and information. It allows Nairobi Convention member countries to view, analyse and update national data.
The portal contains a socioeconomic and SDGS dashboard. It contains a specific module for SDG 14. The portal represents data by graphs, maps, text, photos and videos. Countries have the ability to share their case studies as well as success stories.
The SAPPHIRE portal has a dedicated module for Climate change vulnerability and risk mapping. It provides statistical data mapping for data sources and focal points in member countries.
Kenya: Challenges to seagrass
Anthropogenic threats to sea grass beds include shoreline construction, mechanical damage and eutrophication, while natural causes include overgrazing, sand wave motion and storms.
Comoros: Situation of the fisheries resources
Fishing in Comoros is mainly small scale targeting pelagic fish and species such as the Serranidae, Lutjanidae and Lethrinidae. However, industrial and semi-industrial fishing also exist.
Mauritius: Community involvement in mangrove recovery
Mangrove Propagation Programme which focused on reforesting the denuded areas. Through the Programme, almost 13 hectares of mangrove forest has been restored.
Mozambique: Impact of destructive fishing gear on endangered species
Marine species; Dugongs, in Mozambique are found in Maputo and Inhambane Bays with the largest population in Eastern Africa found in Bazaruto Bay (Guissamulo 1993, Muir et al. 2004).
Seychelles: Strengthening the institutional framework
The implementation, monitoring and enforcement of coastal policies, plans and policies is dependent on the commitment and willingness of relevant institutions.With weak institutions...
Madagascar:Strengthening the policy, legal and institutional framework
The Malagasy Constitution provides for environment conservation, including the management of mangroves and this is incorporated in the environmental legislation. There is need to improve...