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Northern Mozambique Channel partnership
by CORDIO East Africa (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) region is one of the world’s outstanding marine biodiversity areas and a biological reservoir for all East African coastal areas and the Indian Ocean at large. The natural and economic assets of the NMC will emerge as drivers of national and regional development on a scale not previously realised in East Africa, from living assets, hydrocarbons and human resources, and place unprecedented strain on ecosystems and natural resources.

The Northern Mozambique Channel partnership is emerging, and will involve countries, civil society and the private sector with the goal to deliver a sustainable blue economy that preserves and builds the wealth of the region across the natural, social, and economic capitals. Its long term vision, that “the people, countries and economies of the Northern Mozambique Channel prosper in a sustainable future founded on the natural and cultural assets and diversity of the region” is concordant with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

National consultations in the Western Indian Ocean from February to May 2017 culminated in a regional workshop involving 7 countries of the region, that identified 4 themes and 3 cross-cutting themes modelled on the priorities and commitments being submitted for the Oceans Conference:

• Regional collaboration on combating pollution and contingency planning
• Sustainable management of shared fish resources
• Oceans and climate change: transition to a low carbon pathway
• Integrated ocean governance
• Cross-cutting: harmonization of policy, sharing research and knowledge, and developing innovative financing mechanisms

These relate to the voluntary commitment "Regional Partnership for Implementing SDG14 in the Western Indian Ocean" led by the Nairobi Convention (#15788), adding technical detail under the themes identified in that commitment. This voluntary commitment elaborates deliverable 3 of #15788, and is submitted by NGO partners to support the countries in the implementation of their priorities within the Northern Mozambique Channel, through our upcoming projects and resource mobilisation efforts. The SDG 14 Oceans Conference will serve as a key milestone from which the national commitments made by the countries of the region, as well as joint commitments at a regional level, will form the foundation for the implementation of partnership activities in the Northern Mozambique Channel.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Measurement and assessment, using Ocean Health Index
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
December 2021
A regional Integrated Ocean Management (IOM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) framework for the NMC has been developed and validated by countries and partners through a multi-stakeholder process.
December 2021
Community livelihoods and wellbeing are incrementally secured through the sharing and replication of best practices in community-based marine resource management and in links between environment and community health.
December 2021
A broad-scale partnership is achieved across multiple sectors and countries, bringing together the stakeholders in the Northern Mozambique Channel in a transparent and cooperative system.
December 2030
Leading countries and sectors in the NMC implement a Blue Economy approach to development that valorizes natural and social assets of the NMC.
Financing (in USD)
1,000,000 USD
Other, please specify
LIkely funding pipeline (5 years), approx. USD 6 million
In-kind contribution
To be counted - country and partner actions and projects within the geography of the project region
Basic information
Time-frame: 9/2017 - 12/2030
Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF, NGO), CORDIO East Africa (NGO), Conservation International (NGO), Blue Ventures (NGO), Seychelles Conservation and Climate Action Trust (SeyCCAT) (Other).
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Other countries of the Western Indian Ocean in the Nairobi Convention (Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Somalia), civil society.
Contact information
David Obura, Director, dobura@cordioea.net, +254715067417
Mombasa, Kenya
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