Reviving The Western Indian Ocean Economy

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2017
Authors: David Obura
Publishing institution: WWF International
City: Gland, Switzerland
Pages: 64 pp.
ISBN: 978-2-940529-44-5

The Western Indian Ocean region ranks as one of the world’s richest and most biodiverse ocean areas. Coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes, seagrass beds, as well as pelagic and deep-sea habitats generate high biodiversity and productive waters which in turn support economies and livelihoods. The importance of the ocean to the people of the region cannot be overstated: over a quarter of the population, some 60 million people, lives within 100km of the shoreline. The region is now at a crossroads as leaders face crucial decisions. This report details the values of the ocean assets, the growing threats they face and the priority actions needed to provide a more certain and sustainable future for its people.

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