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.
First coral reef status report for the Western Indian Ocean Region presented in Nairobi
The first report on the state of coral reefs of all countries of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) was officially presented on 7 December in Nairobi, Kenya, during the 32nd ICRI General Assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
“It is a source of pride for the IOC to publish this report, which has been produced with the valuable contributions of national and regional institutions and NGOs as well as individuals who are passionate about reef conservation” underlined Mr Said Ahamada, from the Biodiversity Programme.