Africa: UN-Doalos Meeting in Seychelles Focuses On Ocean Governance Challenges

Experts on ocean governance from the Indian Ocean and other parts of the world are meeting in Seychelles to discuss and identify solutions to overcome challenges.

The six-day meeting comes after the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UN-DOALOS) expressed interest in holding a training session for the Indian Ocean countries. The meeting is on ocean governance issues and the Law of the Sea in collaboration with the Nairobi Convention.

In his opening address, the Seychelles’ environment minister, Flavien Joubert, said that “This event will serve as a prime opportunity for Indian Ocean and global experts to enrich the ocean governance segment and contribute to the ongoing regular process.”

He added that the participants will look at strengthening “our collective capacity in ocean governance through ocean governance studies, regional consultations, and customised training courses. By fostering a community of practice and bringing together policymakers, scientists, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders, we can address the challenges faced by our region.”

The Nairobi Convention is a treaty that works to protect, manage, and develop the western Indian Ocean and it came into force in 1996.

The participants in the meeting will also help provide information to the World Ocean Assessment, which is a United Nations regular process.

Among the topics discussed on Monday was the way in which the various policies were linked on national, regional and international levels.