Status of Coral Reef in the Western Indian Ocean: 2017

Photo credit: The Ocean Agency

First coral reef status report for the Western Indian Ocean Region

The first report on the state of coral reefs of all countries of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) was officially presented in Nairobi, Kenya, during the 32nd ICRI General Meeting.

Recognizing the important socio-economic and ecological values of coral reefs and their associated ecosystems, the WIO countries (South Africa, Comoros, France / RĂ©union, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania), through regional cooperation frameworks (Indian Ocean Commission, Nairobi Convention), aligned themselves with ICRI in an attempt to provide solutions to help manage and maintain these systems, including a regional framework for monitoring and reporting the coral reef status through the Global Coral Monitoring Network (GCRMN).