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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.

Priorities

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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News

Cause 07 May 2019
Regional census of coastal seabird colonies along the coast of West Africa

As part of the Coastal Seabirds Project funded by MAVA, BirdLife International (BL) has launched the regional census of Terns and Gulls along the coast of West Africa, using drones. 

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Cause 05 Feb 2019
The population of seabirds has sharply declined by 70% between 1950 and 2010

“The competition between seabirds and fishermen is at the expense of the former”. 

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Cause 05 Feb 2019
Integrated management of Saloum Delta biodiversity (GIBIOD)

As part of the “Integrated Saloum Delta Biodiversity Management” project of the Senegal Directorate of National Parks, financed by the MAVA Foundation for Nature, the Nature-Communautés-Développement (NCD) 

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Cause 05 Feb 2019
DIOE Project: Training workshop on the coordination of national networks for waterbird count and data collection

As part of the MAVA-funded capacity building project for waterbird conservation and monitoring along the West Africa coastline (DIOE), Wetlands International Africa organised, from 19 to 21 November 2018, a training session on the coordination of national networks for waterbird census and data collection in Ndangane Sambou, in collaboration with NATAGORA, a Belgian NGO.

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Cause 02 Feb 2019
Guinea Bissau rewarded with bronze prize at COP 14 for implementing CHM

As a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Guinea-Bissau set up at the country level in 2014 the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM), provided for under the CBD to promote cooperation among countries involved in the implementation of the Convention.

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Cause 01 Feb 2019
Electric protection installed around nesting sites of lesser and greater flamingos in Aftout Es Sahli (Mauritania)

An electric fence of 1,650 m has been set up to protect flamingos’ nesting sites in the Aftout Es Saheli region in the lower delta of the Senegal River.

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Cause 31 Jan 2019
Waders of the Bijagos, Guinea-Bissau: connecting nonbreeding conditions in the tropics with breeding conditions in the arctic

The seasonality of the Earth ensures that in the North large expanses of land become available for use by demanding organisms like birds during the northern summer. 

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Cause 31 Jan 2019
Status of birds in the Bijagos

The Bijagós archipelago is a group of 88 islands and islets located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau and presents a relatively important diversity of habitats, sustaining high levels of biodiversity. 

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Cause 31 Jan 2019
The first record of an invasive mussel species in West Africa arriving from the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau

During a recent field mission to the Bijagós archipelago*, in January 2018, a team from the University of Lisbon, described the first record of the Asian date mussel 

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Cause 31 Jan 2019
A strategic plan now available for the Saloum « Mangrove  Platform»

The various active players of the « Mangrove Platform » gathered on 6-7 November 2018 in Ndangane Sambou in the rural commune of Filma to develop a six-year strategic plan aimed at better coordinating and synergising actions for the conservation of ecosystems in the Saloum Delta. 

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