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Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

The Institute of Zoology is the research division of the Zoological Society of London. It is a government-funded higher education and research establishment specialising in scientific issues relevant to the conservation of animal species and their habitats. IOZ research focuses on five thematic areas: evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology, reproductive biology and wildlife epidemiology.

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EAF-Nansen Project

The EAF-Nansen Project is executed by FAO (the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) in close collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway, and funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The principal aim of the EAF-Nansen project is to strenghten the knowledge base for and implementing an ecosystem-approach to marine fisheries in developing countries, with a current emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.



Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project

The goal of the five-year Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the living resources of the ASCLME region by introducing an ecosystem-based approach to management. The Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme is nested within the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB). Its main goals are to generate new ecological knowledge about the marine environment of southern Africa, provide recommendations for conservation and management strategies, build capacity and promote public awareness.



University of Reunion Marine Ecology Lab

ECOMAR Lab researches focus on the study of the structure and the functioning of marine ecosystems in order to sustainably manage marine biodiversity and better understand anthropogenic  and climate change impacts on the marine environment.



Southern Indian Ocean Deepsea Fishers Association

SIODFA is an Association of fishing companies established in 2006, whose primary goals are to maintain unsubsidized, profitable and environmentally sustainable fisheries and to set international best practice for responsible deep-sea fishery management. It is open to companies that have deepwater fishing operations in the high seas of the Indian Ocean and share the objectives of the Association.

In a global first, SIODFA closed eleven deep-sea areas of the southern Indian Ocean to trawling, totaling over 300 000 km2. Announced jointly with IUCN in 2006, these Benthic Protected areas (BPAs) are one of the largest marine protected area enclosures.

SIODFA is comprised of Austral Fisheries PTY Ltd (Perth, Australia), B and S International Ltd (Vodskov, Denmark), Sealord Group (Nelson, New Zealand) and TransNamibia Fishing Pty Ltd (Walvis Bay, Namibia), and represents the majority of the deepwater fleet in the southern Indian Ocean.

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United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP supports improved governance of freshwater, marine and coastal resources at local, national, regional and global levels through its Water Governance Programme. UNDP’s GEF International Waters portfolio focuses on strengthening the joint management of rivers, lakes, aquifers and oceans by helping government and other stakeholders set priorities, building consensus on governance reforms and investments, nurturing and strengthening institutions, and supporting the implementation of action programs. 

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Global Environment Facility

 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Today the GEF is the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. Since 1991, GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $8.6 billion in grants and leveraging $36.1 billion in co-financing for over 2,400 projects in more than 165 countries.



Natural Environment Research Council

NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences.

Its vision is to advance knowledge and understanding of the Earth and its environments to help secure a sustainable future for the planet and its people.