Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa is a research-based marine conservation organisation which specialises in generating knowledge to find solutions to the problems facing coastal and marine environments and the people dependent on them.
CORDIO East Africa mainly works within the Western Indian Ocean region and our primary work is research on coral reefs and adjacent marine ecosystems with a focus on sustaining healthy and productive ecosystem function, and conserving biodiversity. The work covers a range of topics including climate change, resilience, artisanal fisheries, community based management approaches and endangered species protection. CORDIO’s research and conservation work addresses problems that are linked in the WIO: limited resources and habitat; high dependency on natural resources and food insecurity; growing population and poverty; low education and wealth; and weak governance. We emphasise solutions to support integrated coastal management, poverty alleviation and sustainable development; and work closely with partners to integrate science into management and policy at local, national and regional levels.