The IOI-SA has joined the Safeguard our Seabed Coalition. The Safeguard our Seabed Coalition's goal is to pursue a moratorium on bulk marine sediment mining until, at minimum, appropriate impact studies have been conducted and a strategic environmental assessment has been concluded. Until these assessments have been done, there is no way to know what the possible knock-on effects of bulk marine sediment mining on established and renewable industries, such as fisheries and tourism.
The 2016 Course in Ocean Governance will run from the 12th of September until the 7th October. Applications are OPEN!
Training and capacity building are at core of IOI-SA's work around Africa. IOI-SA provides training for a wide spectrum of marine related issues in hopes of increasing Africa's ability to understand and manage complex marine issues
IOI-SA Recent Activities
The 2015 Course in Ocean Governance, was run in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), from the 14th September to the 9th October 2015. The course was attended by 19 delegates, representing eight African countries. The participants came from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. Lectures were delivered by over 40 regional and local experts and each week included at least one field trip to a local point of interest.
The IOI-SA is the South African partner of Beat the Microbead. The IOI-SA promotes the quick phasing out of plastic microbeads in personal care products. There are natural alternatives available so there is no excuse for manufacturers to use plastic. Please help by supporting plastic-free products and drawing attention to this issue.
The 8th Conference of Parties for the Nairobi Convention was held in June in Mahe, Seychelles. The theme of the conference was "Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 35 years". The Regional State of the Coast Report, Western Indian Ocean, was launched at the conference. IOI-SA Associate, Lynn Jackson, was one of the contributing authors of the report.
IOI-SA made a splash at Abidjan Convention's eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP). The theme of the conference, "Promoting Blue Growth in Africa", focused on creating new strategies, visions and partnerships that would improve West Africa's Marine Environment. IOI-SA, with support from IOI's President, Anwi Behnam, played a major role shaping the meeting’s outputs and discussions.
The International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa (IOI-SA), in collaboration with SANBI, will be holding a series of workshops on early detection and rapid response for marine invasive species. These initial workshops are to be held in the coastal provinces, and will seek local and national input towards the process of developing national mechanisms for implementation.
IOI-SA is now housed within the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. The hope is that the move will foster greater collaboration between IOI-SA and SANBI's marine programme.
In August 2013 the IOI-SA is launching the inaugural training course in Ocean Governance for Africa. For more information on this please refer to the course brochure or course application form.
Additional Brochures and Application Forms may also be obtained from:
International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa
C/o SANBI, Kirstenbosch Gardens
P. Bag X7, Claremont 7735
Cape Town, South Africa
IOI-SA developed A DRAFT BILL ON BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT, which has n
DEVELOPMENT OF A BALLAST WATER RISK ASSESSMENT AND DECISION SUPPORT (BWRADS) SYSTEM for application in Port State Co
The IOI-SA developed a DRAFT BILL ON BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT, which has now been circulated by the National Department of Transport for public comment before continuing the path towards becoming a new Act in South Africa.
IOI-SA is developing a Regional online system for managing and disseminating current validated data from the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem region. The project is being done for the Benguela Current Commission, which includes the governments of South Africa, Namibia and Angola.
IOI-SA is assisting in upgrading a tool for the South African Department of Environment, division of Oceans and Coasts, incorporating various aspects of beach and intertidal habitat and resource sensitivity into a GIS based online system. Access is enabled to both public and government sectors.
IOI-SA has been working with a local water treatment technology company to test applications for ship-board treatment of ballast water to prevent the transfer of invasive marine species. A new project to expand this testing into the field of responsible aquaculture is being developed.
The ongoing project between IOI-SA and the SA National Biodiversity Institute to continue and broaden the development of the online tool for national biodiversity information management applications. Click here for more information.