WIO Symphony – a tool for ecosystem-based marine spatial planning
WIO Symphony is a web tool that supports marine spatial planning in the Western Indian Ocean by assessing environmental impact from human activities. We develop the tool together – the Nairobi Convention, its ten member states and a Swedish team.
Show, calculate, compare
The WIO Symphony web tool supports your marine spatial planning by assessing environmental impact from human activities. WIO Symphony lets you visualize data, test scenarios, and compare different ways of using the ocean.
- Show data
- Create maps
- Calculate cumulative impact on environment
- Compare planning options
The user interface gives you control of your work.
How WIO Symphony works
WIO Symphony is based on more than 80 maps of ecology and human activity. The tool combines pressures, ecosystems and sensitivity into cumulative environmental impact.
The results are presented as heat maps, which makes it easy to identify areas of high and low cumulative impact.They are also presented as tables and diagrams showing details for any given area. Uncertainties are highlighted too.
A similar tool was developed and used in Swedish marine spatial planning.
Developed for the Western Indian Ocean
The WIO Symphony project is a collaboration between the Nairobi Convention, its ten member states in East Africa and a team of Swedish institutions lead by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.
Together we co-develop the WIO Symphony tool for the Western Indian Ocean.
The tool is hosted in the region, available to practitioners there.
The Nairobi Convention secretariat - ensures regional representation and links to policy
The ten member states
- South Africa
- Réunion, France.
Each state has a representative in the technical working group to tailor WIO Symphony to their user needs.
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) - leads the Swedish team
Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) - contributes with expert knowledge on marine geology, as well as technical and analytical expertise
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) -collects and processes relevant data
University of Gothenburg (GU) - provides expert knowledge on deep sea ecology and oceanography
We consult additional experts from universities, institutions, and governments along the way.
The development of WIO Symphony was possible also thanks to all data contributors – thank you! See the list at www.nairobiconvention.org/wio-symphony.
Visit WIO Symphony´s new official home at the Nairobi Convention, as planned: www.nairobiconvention.org/wio-symphony.
Visit our Info channel on GitHub to get latest updates and events.
- Thematic Group work
- Technical Training on spatial modelling GIS, R
- Deadline data contribution – in May
- Review and evaluate maps, revisit sensitivity scores
- Transfer software tool from Sweden to Western Indian Ocean
- Launch event at WIOMSA Symposium
- Operational test
- Launch and hand-over to Nairobi Convention
- Country-based training of users
- WIO Symphony in full operation for marine spatial planning