Charting the course for ocean sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim

Charting the course for ocean sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, which Key Traceability contributed to, writing two chapters.

The paper highlights key ocean challenges facing the Indian Ocean Rim countries and showcases initiatives undertaken by governments and the private sector in the region to address these challenges. The report explores how ocean sustainability can be achieved through the lens of developing nations, taking into consideration the challenges of a low income population as well as an environmental regulatory framework that has yet to mature.

Key Traceability produced:

Chapter 1 which discusses the degradation of marine ecosystems, and highlights conservation solutions that weave in local and social considerations. In the Sri Lankan mangrove conservation project, we show how local commitment to mangrove protection is secured in exchange for microloans and enforced by community organisations themselves; we reinforce the need for community-based monitoring in the story of seagrass protection in Thailand; and, finally, consider how the tourism industry in Zanzibar was trained to protect coral reefs and, in turn, their livelihoods.Download the Arabic version here.

Chapter 5 which delves into the issue of rising salinity from desalination activities, presenting case studies from Australia, the UAE and Somaliland. Water security is a chief concern for many countries around the world, particularly arid regions with scarce groundwater resources and low rainfall. To address this, countries are applying techniques to optimise water usage and, where possible, expand water supply. But the growing desalination market brings some of the environmental concerns to the fore. Download the Arabic version here.

The full paper can be found here.