Biodiversity - Biodiversité

Brief of the Program

The East African and Indian Ocean states (ESA-IO) is its rich Biodiversity and endemic species. However, as a result of pressure from human population expansion and economic development, this rich wildlife is now threatened. Impacts have included habitat destruction, overexploitation of living and water resources, pollution, soil degradation, the introduction of invasive alien species and the effects of climate change.

The objective of the Biodiversity project is to support the beneficiary countries in order to reduce the threat prevailing over the biodiversity and promote sustainable use of resources from biodiversity in the context of development and poverty reduction.

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Call for proposals: EUR 2.4 million for regional initiatives

About thirty non state actors from the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) are being awarded a total amount of 2.4 million euros. Selected projects cover several topics related to biodiversity conservation in the 6 beneficiary countries (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania). These awarded grants result from a competitive process initiated by the Biodiversity Program, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
List of selected proposals >>


Upcoming events

30 October - 4 November 2017 : 10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium (Tanzania)

29 November - January 2018 (TBC): Exhibition "Mysterious Cetaceans" (Mauritius)

4-6 December: UN Environment Assembly (Kenya)

8-9 December: ICRI General Assembly (Kenya) 


Bénéficiares | Beneficiaries



Commission de l'Océan Indien
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Tel : (+230)4026100
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