About 200 delegates attended an international conference on climate change, the theme was Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region: Solutions to the Crisis”, which was held in Balaclava, Mauritius from 21st – 23rd March 2011.
The delegates – scientists, representatives of regional organisations and the community of affairs and NGOs – are expected from South Africa, Australia, Canada, Comoros, Ethiopia, USA, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, The Reunion, United Kingdom, Seychelles, Sweden, Switzerland and Tanzania. The conference is being organised by the Mauritian Oceanography Institute (IOM), the Commission for the Indian Ocean (COI) and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association and the Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention.
The objective of the conference is to improve the capacity of countries in the west of the Indian Ocean regarding the planning and implementation of the adaptation and mitigation measures to the effects of climate change on communities and ecosystems. 'The delegates will work out a regional strategy on the impact of climate change in the region, outline a regional plan for the Island states and adopt a declaration on the priority actions for research and the adaptation and mitigation strategy.
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