Burning issues

This is the section on the DLIST site where emerging or ‘hot’ issues related to coastal and marine resources are summarized to give a brief introduction and links to further information about the issue. If you are looking for more information about a particular topic or want to know more about the ‘hot’ issues in the region, then this will be an interesting section for you. You can also contribute by suggesting new topics and responding on discussions in conjunction with these burning issues. You can even create your own ‘burning issue’ feature by contacting the DLIST admin team.

An eco-lodge on one of the attractive white beaches in Zanzibar, Chumbe Island

Islands located in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) attract tourists from all over the world. Tourism in WIO region contributes substantially to the economies of many countries and islands in this part of the world. These include Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, and Zanzibar in Tanzania. However, tourism has significant environmental effects in the Western Indian Ocean region. One might ask what these environmental effects can be. Read more about this issue in the Burning...

Old oil drums polluting the surrounding land

The recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill has created concern for many communities where the potential exists for the same events to occur. It is a great catastrophe with numerous immediate and long term impacts. What would the consequence be should such an event occur in the Western Indian Ocean. Like it or not, oil and fossil fuels are part of each person’s everyday life and the potential exists for many poorer African countries to benefit from exploration, provided it is managed properly and...

Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach (JKPB) is located in Mombasa, in the Bamburi area. This is the only remaining stretch of beach in Mombasa that is not under private management and where the shoreline is not blocked by private hotels as is the case along most of the beach in Mombasa, this is why it is referred to as a “public beach”. The beach attracts many local and international tourists and is always buzzing with activity. Due to increased activity, the beach is currently under pressure from...

The dramatic increase in illegal logging of ebony and endemic rosewood trees in the protected rainforests of Madagascar has been ascribed to the political turmoil in the country. Discussion on DLIST-Benguela has raised the question of whether the logging could have been kept under control if local communities had a greater stake in protecting the forests. In this Burning Issue, we look at what is happening and ask the DLIST community to consider what can be done to help Madagascans who are...

Corals and fish at Misali, Pemba, Tanzania

It is amazing how a tiny little organism like the coral is responsible for defining to a large extent the nature of inshore coastal areas. One group of these tiny animals secrete calcium carbonate which form the coral reefs. These hard structures line long distances of the shore in the Western Indian Ocean. Sometimes the reefs are almost right next to the shoreline, and sometimes they are much further from the land. Sometimes the reefs form a barrier against the waves coming in from the open...