A Special Session focused on progressing dugong and seagrass conservation in the Western Indian Ocean, held at the WIOMSA 12th Scientific Symposium.
Under the UNEP/CMS Dugong MOU, range states in the Southwest Indian Ocean subregion have initiated a number of activities aimed at improving conservation outcomes for dugongs. The UNEP/CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat seeks to prioritize dugong conservation efforts in the region by strengthening regional collaboration and supporting strategic programmes of work.
This special session aims to bring together experts and government representatives from the region and beyond to develop a common workplan on regional dugong & seagrass habitat research and conservation, as an important step to ensuring the survival of this critically endangered but iconic and charismatic marine mammal.
This Special Session will provide an opportunity for the dugong range states of the region to exchange information and ideas on dugong research, surveys, conservation projects, learning and collaborative efforts. The meeting is an opportunity for different stakeholders to learn who is doing what in the region, to identify how to improve regional coordination and to optimize shared research and conservation synergies related to marine megafauna and seagrass habitats, with potential to contribute to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, livelihood and climate change issues.
Specific objectives for the session include:
14 Oct 2022 09:30 to 14 Oct 2022 17:30
Dugong MOU Secretariat|
African Parks and Marine Megafauna Foundation|
Boardwalk Convention Centre|