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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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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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Cause 22 Nov 2019
Coastal and marine environment: media from the sub-region in consultation in Saly, Senegal

The marine and coastal environment will take centre stage in the meeting to which about thirty reporters specialised in environmental issues are expected from seven countries, including Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde, Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea, under the initiative of the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM) and Wetlands International, an organisation working to protect wetlands in Africa, in particular

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Cause 22 Nov 2019
The large scale ecosystemic engineering of greater flamingos and fiddler crabs fosters the joint availability of food in West Africa’s intertidal mudflats

In ecology, the concept of ecosystem engineer is most common, unlike the concept of joint engineering operated by several species on a large scale.

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Cause 22 Nov 2019
17 participants received training from PNBA and Nature Mauritanie

The Banc d’Arguin National Park and Nature Mauritanie (NatMau) organised a training session in Iwik from 15 to 18 June 2019 for PNB staff, the association of ecoguides and academics

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Cause 21 Nov 2019
World Migratory Bird Day celebrated in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

The PRCM and its partners swung into actions to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day through several activities in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

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Cause 21 Nov 2019
Training in bird census and donations of equipment by Wetlands International Africa

Improve the knowledge and skills of national bodies and staff responsible for coordinating the census of waterbirds; such was the objective of the training provided by Wetlands International Africa under the DIOE project financed by the MAVA Foundation.

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Cause 21 Nov 2019
WacoWet Network revitalise its activities

The regional initiative of the Network of West Africa coastal and marine Wetlands (WacoWet) held a meeting from 23 to 25 July 2019 at the Banc d’Arguin National Park (PNBA) to give a new momentum to its activities

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Cause 21 Nov 2019
Probable collapse of seagrass beds: evidence from a preserved subtropical intertidal ecosystem

Worldwide, eutrophication is presented as one of the causes underlying the significant losses in seagrass beds. As the effects of the nutrient load vary along environmental gradients, it is expected that the strength of the waves in particular would impact the stability of meadows, the nutrient status as well as nutrient supply responses.

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Cause 21 Nov 2019
Raising awareness to create interest!

BirdLife International and its partners go into action to raise awareness on coastal areas in Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau.

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Cause 24 Jul 2019
The 10th edition of the Regional Coastal and Marine Forum is afoot!

La 10e édition du Forum régional côtier et marin se tiendra du 25 au 28 mars 2020 en Guinée Bissau sous le thème « La santé des océans, enjeu de développement durable des pays du littoral ouest africain ».

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