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Support by France to the WACA Program in monitoring the coastal erosion in West Africa
by Ministry of the Ecological and Solidary Transition, France (Government)
In 2015, the World Bank launched the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Programme (WACA), a convening platform that helps countries access expertise and finance to sustainably manage their coastal areas. The French Ministry of the Ecological and Solidary Transition is a partner of the WACA Program.

The collaborative project with France aims to provide data from marine charts, bathymetric surveys and aerial photographs, gathered over several decades, to three countries of West Africa (Benin, Senegal, Togo). Such information is crucial for monitoring changes to the coastal environment in the region over a long period of time and relevant raw data is available in France only. Once compiled, analyzed, interpreted and disseminated, this knowledge will provide the necessary technical background for the countries concerned to implement the WACA Program.

The project will enable national authorities in charge of land management, regional institutions, local cooperation agencies and stakeholders and multilateral donors to better understand the dynamics of the coastline pattern changes, raise awareness of the associated issues and contribute to the identification of relevant field projects.

Positive discussions are underway with the French Facility for Global Environment in order to get its support to the WACA Program.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
March 2020
Digitization of 243 bathymetric maps and minutes held by the French Marine Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM) covering Benin, Senegal and Togo. Digitization of 7,800 aerial photographs and production of ortho-photographs of the coastal areas in these countries.
March 2020
Support to the Ecological Monitoring Center, Dakar, in the application of the digital information produced, data processing and management, and communication with relevant stakeholders.
March 2021
Compilation of the knowledge generated on changes to the coastal environment and coastline erosion in Benin, Senegal and Togo; Support to the design of a roadmap for the establishment of a coastal management program; Organization of two seminars (mid-term meeting in France and end-of-term meeting in one of the recipient countries.
In-kind contribution
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2017 - March 2021
4 French public agencies: Marine Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM) National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (IGN) Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM) Center for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility and Development (CEREMA) and: Ecological Monitoring Center, based in Dakar
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Ecological Monitoring Center, based in Dakar.
Contact information
Bernard VIDEAU, Adjoint au Sous Directeur, bernard.videau@developpement-durable.gouv.fr,
Ministry of the Ecological and Solidary Transition, Arche Sud, 92055 La Defense, France
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