Commitments to the WIOCC


WIO-map-commitments-2 Commitments to the WIOCC

Commiting to the WIOCC represents a significant public pledges by the governments or organisations towards the WIOCC's goal to promote actions for climate-resilient development that encourage effective conservation of biodiversity, enhanced livelihoods and economies for greater social security among coastal communities.

Interested countries have formally launched the WIOCC during the Third International Meeting of Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS 2014) held in Apia, Samoa in September 2014. They have committed to achieving visionary and measurable targets that will contribute to realizing the vision of the WIOCC at the highest political level.

Actions taken

The WIOCC countries have:

  • Defined targets and commitments to the WIOCC;
  • Contributed to the development of a governance framework for the WIOCC;
  • Worked towards putting in place sustainable financing mechanisms, such as a regional trust fund, and support resource mobilization efforts;
  • Contributed to develop and operationalize the climate change observatory;
  • Contributed to the general coordination of the WIOCC.

Support partners, such as the Indian Ocean Commission ISLANDS Project, the Consortium of the Conservation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO-C) and GLISPA will provide both technical and financial support to the countries that formally joined to help operationalize the WIOCC.

At the UNSIDS Conference in September 2014, the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission Mr. Jean Claude de l’Estrac indicated that the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) would support the WIOCC through projects that will contribute to the regional vision. 

The Republic of Seychelles was joined by Madagascar, Mauritius and Tanzania-Zanzibar in launching the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC) by announcing a series of national commitments supporting achievement of the WIOCC regional vision. The Seychelles, having already protected more than half of its land territory as natural parks and reserves, will further conservation efforts by establishing marine protected areas covering 30 percent of its 1.4 million square kilometer Exclusive Economic Zone by 2020. The country also announced that they will continue to contribute their financial support toward the GLISPA coordination activities until 2016.

An overall objective is for us to take effective ownership of our ocean spaces and of our Blue Economy by inspiring leadership and facilitating collaboration in the islands and coastal states of the Western Indian Ocean,” said Minister Jean Paul.

In joining the WIOCC, Zanzibar has set the target to declare more than 15% of its coastal and marine ecosystems as marine protected areas and 25% of mangrove under protected forest reserves by 2020 to advance the regional vision.

“We consider the WIOCC as an important vessel for our countries in the promotion of sustainable development,” stated President Shein, the President of Zanzibar, representing the United Republic of Tanzania. “Our challenges are identical and it is only proper that we combine efforts to address them.”


General statements and commitments

Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania) will increase the size of Forest Protected Areas by 15% by 2020, increase the size of Marine Conservation Areas by 10% by 2020 for Sustainable Ocean Management and declare more than 15% of its coastal and marine ecosystems as Marine Protected Areas by 2020.

Seychelles will conserve 30% of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as a MPA by 2020 with half (i.e. 15%) to be designated strict no-take zones to be financed through a debt for adaptation swap.


Commitments by fields of intervention

In the field of Renewable Energy…

  • Mauritius will achieve the national target of 35% renewable energy by 2025,
  • Seychelles will generate 15% of the national energy needs through renewable sources by 2020 and 30% by 2030, and
  • Zanzibar will mainstream the application of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.

In the field of Energy Efficiency…

  • Mauritius will reduce its energy consumption in non-residential and public sector buildings by 10% by 2020.

In the field of Ecosystem-based Adaptation…

  •  Zanzibar will declare 25% of mangroves cover forest under protected forest reserves by 2020.

To increase Sustainable Livelihoods… 

  • Mauritius will increase the percentage of green jobs from 6.3% in 2010 to 10% by 2020, and
  • Seychelles will promote a tourism industry that is sustainable from an environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural perspective.

To ensure Food Security…

  • Seychelles will ensure food security through efficient and effective local agricultural production by 2020.

In the field of Water management…

  • Seychelles will increase the level of rain-water harvesting system in households, educational, business and tourism establishments from 34% to 100% by 2020.

In the field of Waste Management…

  • Seychelles will ensure wastes are developed and managed in an integrated and environmentally safe manner that decreases dependency on landfill disposal and maximizes the use of waste as a resource for new products by 2020 and also convert Seychelles-generated wastes into energy by 2020, and
  • Zanzibar will provide adequate and reliable physical infrastructure for efficient management of industrial, medical and domestic wastes.


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