WIO Symphony – a tool for ecosystem-based marine spatial planning

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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.

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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 options

    Watch a demo

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    A demo of the Swedish Symphony tool, in second generation, beta-version. This demo gives you an idea of what you will be able to do in the WIO Symphony tool for the Western Indian Ocean – coming end of 2022. (You can turn on subtitles.)

    How WIO Symphony works

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    The WIO Symphony web tool supports your marine spatial planning by assessing environmental impact from human activities. Pressures, ecosystems and sensitivity are combined into cumulative environmental impact. Click to enlarge.

    WIO Symphony 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. And as tables and diagrams, where details are shown for any given area. Uncertainties are highlighted too.

    Example test drive for cumulative impact in East Africa in WIO Symphony.

    Example test drive for cumulative impact in East Africa in WIO Symphony.

    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 develop the WIO Symphony tool for the Western Indian Ocean.

    The tool will be hosted in the region, available to practitioners there.

    The partnership

    The Nairobi Convention secretariat - ensures regional representation and links to policy

    The ten member states

    • Somalia
    • Kenya
    • Tanzania
    • Mozambique
    • South Africa
    • Comoros
    • Madagascar
    • Seychelles
    • Mauritius
    • 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 Symphony tool for the Western Indian Ocean

    The WIO Symphony tool for the Western Indian Ocean covers 9 percent of the world ocean. The WIO Symphony project is a collaboration between the Nairobi Convention, its ten member states in East Africa and a Swedish team.

    Timeline

    Visit our Info channel on GitHub to get latest updates and events.

    2022

    • 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
    • Operational test

    2023

    • Launch and hand-over to Nairobi Convention
    • WIO Symphony in full operation for marine spatial planning

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    Contact

    WIO Symphony
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    Linus Hammar
    Senior analyst
    International Affairs
    Tel: +46 (0)10-698 61 15
    E-mail Linus

    Daniel Mattsson
    Technical development
    Geological Survey of Sweden
    Tel: +46 (0)18-17 90 15
    E-mail Daniel

    Published: 2021-01-26
    Updated: 2022-02-18