From May 2021 to May 2022, France is teaming up with South Africa, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania and the Seychelles to coordinate the Blue Year of the Indian Ocean. By supporting local initiatives and through awareness campaigns, research projects and the joint launch of a Blue Economy Day on 17th July, this programme aims to strengthen regional blue-economy synergies, promote the responsible, sustainable management of coastal and oceanic businesses, and boost conservation measures for biodiversity and marine and coastal habitats. It is about working towards a fair and inclusive blue economy for the benefit of local populations, while ensuring the durability of resources in the ocean and on the shores.
The Blue Year of the Indian Ocean is being funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to mark the French Presidency of the Indian Ocean Commission. Its implementation will be overseen by French diplomatic staff across these seven nations bordering the south-western Indian Ocean and by the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD).
In Kenya specifically, from 13th to 17th July, a vibrant programme of activities will take place. See the poster for more details