The ECOFISH Program, technically supported by Incatema, launches the Regional Observatory for the Adaptation to Climate Change in the South-West Indian Ocean

19 March, 2024

The Ecofish program, technically supported by Incatema, has launched the regional observatory dedicated to the impact of climate change on the fisheries sector in the South-West Indian Ocean. This marks a decisive milestone in regional cooperation to understand and consequently mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on fisheries and coastal communities in the region.

The Regional Observatory will also serve as a platform to observe, collect, analyse and disseminate crucial data to enable the South-West Indian Ocean region to identify and adopt the best way to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change.

The Economic Commission for Africa estimates the losses and damages caused by climate change on the continent at between US$290 billion and US$440 billion between 2020 and 2030.

The observatory is the result of a partnership between the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Mauritius Oceanographic Institute (MOI), with seven countries participating: Tanzania, Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, France’s overseas department of la Réunion, Seychelles and Kenya.

The initiative is part of the ECOFISH program, supported by Incatema, which is financed by the European Union and whose main objective is to ensure sustainable management of fishery resources essential to the economy of the countries of the South-West Indian Ocean.