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Plan of action

There is a large number of coastal wetlands in West Africa that are vital both from an economic and biodiversity perspective. These wetlands are home to significant bird populations that migrate along the Atlantic coastline as well as to bird colonies that reproduce themselves in the mangroves and neighbouring islands.

This biodiversity is impacted by human activities that tend to be concentrated in coastal zones, thereby affecting natural environments. Examples include town planning, fishing, tourism, offshore oil and gas development, infrastructure construction and pollution. As a result, migratory bird populations are declining, fish catches are collapsing and the quality of life of people is deteriorating.

The purpose of this plan of action is to put in place an environmental monitoring system and inform managers and decision makers on the best way to manage those sites while providing people with sustainable livelihoods and preserving the rich biodiversity.

The plan of action combines interventions at the international, national and local level, with a key feature being capacity building at local level and knowledge transfer to local partners.

A crosscutting governance system, to be entrusted with the PRCM, is envisaged to facilitate information flows, coordination, experience capitalisation, advocacy and fundraising.

The plan of action will be funded by the MAVA Foundation for Nature for € 5.5 million over the 2018-2020 period.


Priority strategies


  • Ecosystem-applied research and monitoring
  • Lobbying and advocacy at the international and national level
  • Public support and engagement
  • Sustainable land and sea landscapes
  • Site protection support


Priority objectives


  • Curtail disruptions caused by human activities
  • Halt habitat extinction and rehabilitate priority sites


Key expected results


  • Strengthened research and monitoring capacities at national and site level
  • Knowledge available on population dynamics, ecological interactions and consequences for conservation
  • Strengthened cooperation among the world heritage sites of migration routes
  • Management plans are implemented and regulations enforced


Priority sites


  • Banc d’Arguin National Park (Mauritania)
  • Senegal River Delta (Mauritania and Senegal)
  • Sine Saloum Delta (Senegal)
  • Bijagós Archipelago (Guinea Bissau)




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Cause 21 Mar 2021
Avian flu kills several pelicans in Mauritania and Senegal

On 23 January 2021, an ecological tragedy unfolded at the large Djoudj National Park of Senegal in which 750 pelicans (740 offspring and 10 adults) died, as reported by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Abdou Karim Sall.

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Cause 20 Mar 2021
Mauritania : Long-term changes in seagrass and benthos at Banc d’Arguin, the premier intertidal system along the East Atlantic Flyway

The benthic communities of soft-sediment intertidal ecosystems trophically underpin the migration of birds and fish. Within the East Atlantic Flyway, along the coast of West-Africa, the intertidal mudflats of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, host over 2 million migratory waterbirds. 

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
Capacity building for managers in Mauritania: Training in Ramsar sites information system and update of Ramsar datasheet

The managers of the Banc d’Arguin National Park and of the Diawling National Park in Mauritania attended a five-day training seminar (7-13 December 2020) on the access to and use of the Ramsar sites information service (RSIS). 

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
DIOE Project (WIACO): from mapping the use of key sites in Senegal to establishing networks of counters for waterbird census

As part of the activities for the transition to phase II, the capacity development project for the conservation and monitoring of waterbirds along the West Africa coast (DIOE) engaged key players (park workers and volunteers) in September 2020 to collect information on the use of the sites located in the areas of the Saloum Delta and of the lower delta of the Senegal Rive

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
Guinea-Bissau: Creating linkages between shorebirds and people through traditional shell hunting in the Bijagós

The Bijagós archipelago stands as a major overwintering site for migratory shorebirds on the East Atlantic flyway where several bird populations are currently declining. The archipelago is also home to the Bijagós people, known for their rich cultural heritage and their complex land management systems designed to protect natural resources, based on sacred rules and woods.

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
Guinea-Bissau : What fuels shorebird food webs in a pristine mangrove-bordered West African intertidal ecosystem?

Mangrove forests are dominant elements in many tropical and sub-tropical coastal and estuarine ecosystems and are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing a wide variety of services benefiting both the human well-being and nearby ecological systems. Africa is the continent with the second largest extent of mangroves, and Guinea-Bissau, in west Africa, is currently among the 15 countries with the largest extent of mangrove forest in the world, and the second in Africa.

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
Mauritania : Changes in the waterbird community of the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin,

The Parc National du Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania hosts the largest concentrations of coastal waterbirds along the East Atlantic Flyway. In spite of this importance, a review of the changes in the numbers of waterbirds in the area is lacking since the first complete count in 1980. 

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
Migration : Jet fighter' godwit breaks world record for non-stop bird flight

A bird said to have the aerodynamic build of a “jet fighter” has been tracked flying more than 12,000km (7,500 miles) from Alaska to New Zealand, setting a new world record for avian non-stop flight.

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Cause 19 Mar 2021
World Migratory Bird Day: an overview of celebrations in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis

Every year around the world, a break is taken to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day. This celebration takes place twice in a year, i.e. on the second Saturday of May and October. First established in 2006 as part of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals, this World Day can be seen as an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the need to preserve migratory birds and their habitats.

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Cause 22 Nov 2019
Coastal and marine environment: Guinée Ecologie trains players in Conakry

Consider environmental, social and legal aspects, particularly with regard to preliminary impact studies, inform and educate non state actors about management tools; such were the objectives of a two-day workshop that opened this Thursday in Conakry, with in attendance twenty or so participants from the scientific community, environmental protection associations and the media.

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