10th – 15th October 2022
South Africa

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About the Organizers


…is a regional professional, non-profit, membership organization, established in 1993, and based in Zanzibar, whose main aim is to advance regional co-operation in all aspects of coastal and marine sciences (including socio-economic sciences) and management, and to support sustainable development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region, while promoting interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches. WIOMSA has a particular interest in linking the knowledge that emerges from research to the management and governance issues that affect marine and coastal ecosystems.

The Nairobi Convention

… signed by Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania, aims to promote a prosperous Western Indian Ocean region with healthy rivers, coasts, and oceans. It provides a platform for governments, civil society, and the private sector to work together for the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment.

Sustainable Seas Trust (SST)

Founded in 2006, SST is a long-term education, research and conservation trust which has a mandate to work with continental and island states of Africa.

SST aims to support and connect communities across Africa through networking, research, education and enterprise development, with a view to ensure marine sustainability and alleviating poverty in coastal communities of Africa.

Recently, much of SST’s work has focused on the growing concern regarding plastic pollution, particularly in the marine environment. Focus has been given to building networks, such as the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) – an SST programme, for sharing information, particularly on waste management with a view to stopping plastic from entering the seas of Africa.

Focus has been given to bringing like-minded people together, both locally and internationally, to better manage the issues of plastic waste in Africa.