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Scientific stopovers on the coastline of the Indian Ocean 1/4 - Introduction

Transportation in a pirogue on the Ile aux Nattes, also called Nosy, Madgascar ©IRD - Jean-Yves Meunier

Imagine yourself travelling along the coasts of the Western Indian Ocean, with scientists form IRD.

From the Cape of Good Hope to Zanzibar, via the long beaches of Mozambique and the Reunion Island idyllic lagoons, to the mangroves of Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. These shores do not only inspire tourists forced into lockdown. They also host exceptional ecosystems, shelter surprising resources and help millions of people to live.

These coasts are precious and it is our duty to protect them and to keep the right balance between using their resources and conserving their environments. IRD scientists and their partners in Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean work every day to deepen the knowledge of the region’s coasts and to outline sustainable solutions to protect them and their inhabitants.

Let us meet them through several stopovers.

During the three next days, we will propose you a new view of these coastal areas:

This paper has first been published by IRD.

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