African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme

A new movement for conservation in the Western Indian Ocean

Leaders of trailblazing marine conservation organisations across the Western Indian Ocean are joining forces in a new initiative aimed at accelerating community-led marine conservation efforts, for those communities on the front lines of ocean protection. 

The African Marine Conservation Leadership Programme is the first initiative of its kind, designed to bolster the skills, confidence and effectiveness of leaders of local and national marine conservation organisations in coastal east Africa and the Western Indian Ocean region. 

The programme launched by Blue Ventures and conservation leadership specialist Maliasili is delivering a bespoke leadership course to support organisations’ effectiveness and to amplify the impact of a new generation of African ocean changemakers.

The new programme aims to transform the capabilities of national and regional organisations that work with coastal communities to rebuild fisheries, halt biodiversity loss and tackle poverty. Participants receive sustained training, mentoring and leadership building, and the programme creates new opportunities for peer support and learning among regional conservation leaders and social entrepreneurs.


This year we’re bringing together 17 outstanding conservation leaders. Connecting peer to peer in a private digital community will build a supportive community of practise across the region.


Over nine months leaders are being supported with a blend of virtual and self paced learning, as well as one to one and peer coaching sessions tailored to meet participants’ needs.


Training areas include management, strategic planning, fundraising, fisheries management, monitoring and evaluation, conflict resolution, recruitment, communications and wellbeing.

The first cohort of leaders brings together conservationists from the Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.