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 applications - Training Course in Coral and Sponge Taxonomy

The Biodiversity Programme of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), University of Dar es Salaam, are organizing a Training Course in Coral and Sponge Taxonomy that will be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 5-11 August 2018.

The training aims at strengthening capacities of members of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) national coral reef monitoring teams in sponges and hard coral taxonomy, hence contributing more to marine biodiversity monitoring and management.

The training course targets mainly marine biologists from the WIO National Coral Reef Monitoring teams, Universities, research institutions and National Marine Protected Areas managers with coral reef monitoring programs.

If you interested to apply, please apply by filling in the course application form and send it together with your CV to the Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, <>, copy to IOC Biodiversity Programme management unit <>. Deadline for application is 30 June 2018.

For more details, read the full announcement.


Upcoming events

13 July : ENCA workshop (Antananarivo, Madagascar)

16 July : ENCA workshop (Moroni, Comoros)

July (TBC) : "Mysterious Cetacean" exhibition (Ste Marie, Madagascar)

8-10 August : Border office training on invasive species (Antananarivo, Madagascar)


Bénéficiares | Beneficiaries



Commission de l'Océan Indien
Blue Tower - 3ème étage
Rue de l’Institut

Tel : (+230)4026100
Fax : (+230)4656798
Email : secretariat(at)