West Indian Ocean Governance and Exchange Network (WIOGEN) is one of the MeerWissen Partnership Projects. WIOGEN is a scientific networking platform that aims to contribute to science to policy framework in the Western Indian Ocean region. WIOGEN will be a fully trans-disciplinary coalition of researchers and policy makers working in academia, civil society and government in the region. It aims to complement other regional marine science networks by focusing specifically on ocean governance and by bridging the social and natural marine sciences. WIOGEN will be inclusive and dynamic – driven by the needs identified by its members.

The network will be structured around three broad ocean governance themes:

  • Nutritional security, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and livelihoods
  • Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management
  • Biodiversity conservation, pollution and habitat loss.

This joint project will be administrated by Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the International Ocean Institute – African Region (IOI-SA). It includes all countries in the Western Indian Ocean.

The network serves within an intra-regional and trans-continental advisory capacity (East Africa-Europe) – based on the core objectives of the MeerWissen Initiative and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) which supports Africa-German cooperation in marine sciences.