Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

Mizingani Street, House No. 734, Zanzibar Postal Address: P. O. Box 3298, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania
Established: 1993
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation
Geographical scope: Regional
Member countries:
Participating countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, RĂ©union, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic Of
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

To be a leader in promoting the development of marine and coastal science professionals, advancing marine and coastal science, and promoting the conservation and sustainable development of coastal and marine environment.

Organisation’s mission:

To advance regional co-operation in all aspects of coastal and marine sciences - including socio-economic and management sciences; and to support sustainable development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, while promoting interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

1. Fostering research excellence
2. Developing expertise for effective management
3. Raising awareness and enhancing access to knowledge and information
4. Promoting networking, cooperation, and exchange
5. Promoting and advocating appropriate policies and practices


  • Non-governmental
  • Regional organization in the Western Indian Ocean
  • Science Facilitation
  • Sustainable development
  • science-to-policy


  • Data management, interoperability, sharing, access, open data policies
  • Science coordination
  • Training scientists/technicians
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