Monday, February 18, 2019

The Ministry in collaboration with the UNEP has organized the Ninth Conference of Parties (COP 9) to the Nairobi Convention to be held in Mombasa. This is an initiative by the Western Indian Ocean states, private sector, and the civil society groups to aid in the sustainable exploitation of the coastal resources.

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Ocean Economy for Wealth Creation’ It focuses on tapping into the blue economy opportunities through the 2030 agenda on sustainable development. This will be actualized by working with different partners and stakeholders, such as Consortium for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C), Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), World Wide Fund (WWF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) amongst others.

COP 9 is as precursor to the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that will be held in Nairobi in November this year that is expected to bring together over 6,000 delegates from across the globe.

Delegates started arriving at the coastal city over the weekend in preparation for the two day event slated for 30th -31st August. Before the main conference, there will be high level meetings to discuss pertinent issues. Kenya, Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa are members of the Nairobi Convention.

The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko is expected to officially open the conference on Thursday.

The Nairobi Convention operations started in 1996, with the aim of controlling and addressing the increasing rates of coastal areas and the oceans. The core principles, which form the basis for the COP operations are the sustainable exploitation and use of coastal resources by member states.

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