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Promote an economic, integrated, sustainable and inclusive development, addressing climate changes challenges in Coastal West Africa
by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (Other relevant actor)
The West African coastline, spanning from Mauritania to Gabon, includes 17 countries that are at varying stages of economic development.
Eight of the countries have a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) below US$1,000, ranking among the lowest in the world. Although the West African economies have been growing steadily, the countries continue to be heavily dependent on natural resources such as fisheries, fossil fuel, minerals, and timber. A very large proportion, about 42 percent, of West Africas GDP is generated from its coastal areas.
Coastal and marine pollution affects the quality of coast and coastal waters, and over 80 percent of such pollution originates from land-based sources, primarily industrial, agricultural, and urban.
Degradation of coastal resources such as mangrove, and ecosystems is accelerating due to increasing population pressure on the coast, demand for resources, unplanned coastal development, and climate change.
Climate change and climate variability are predicted to further aggravate existing physical, ecological, biological, and socioeconomic stresses on the coast
The WACA Program24 was created in response to countries request for solutions and finance to help save the social and economic assets of coastal areas and coastal erosion and flooding in particular. And the WACA Resilience Investment Project (WACA ResIP) is a multi-country regional project that will support the strengthening of resilience of coastal communities and assets in six western African countriesBenin, Cte dIvoire, Mauritania, So Tom and Prncipe, Senegal, and Togo
On a global level, the proposed project supports the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its support to countries in developing their Blue Economy strategies and action plans to enable them to optimize the potential socioeconomic benefits of their coastal and marine areas while sustainably managing them. This is in line with SDG 14 that refers to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
Progress reports
December 2023
A. Les impacts ngatifs long terme de l'rosion, des inondations et de la pollution commencent s'inverser
December 2023
Application renforce des rglementations nationales et rgionales
Decembre 2022
Les activits socio-conomiques et sectorielles dans les territoires concerns sont coordonnes d'une faon intgre
Decembre 2022
Les populations riveraines tirent un bnfice durable des AP et sont plus rsilientes au changement climatique
Financing (in USD)
230,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Time and effort of several staff from IUCN and partners
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2018 - December 2023
World Bank (Other Relavant Actor), European Union (Other Relevant Actor), WAEMU (Other Relevant Actor), ECOWAS (Other Relevant Actor), International Union for Conservation of Nature (Other Relevant Actor), CSE (Civil Society organization), Commission Sous-Rgionale des Pches (CSRP) (partnership), le Secrtariat de la Convention dAbidjan (partnership), le Rseau des Aires Marines Protges en Afrique de lOuest (RAMPAO)(Civil Society), lOMVG, lUnion du Fleuve Mano (partnership), ENDA (ONG), Collectif En Haut (ONG), No Conservation (ONG), UniverSel (ONG), Nebeday (ONG), Tiniguena (ONG), COAJOQ (ONG), ODZH (ONG), Palmeirinha (ONG), Guine Ecologie (ONG), CSSL (ONG), Nature Tropicale (ONG), Eco Bnin (ONG), Ministries of Environment, rural development, fishes, tourism, territoral adminstration, energy, natural resources (Government), DAMP in Senegal (partnership); NEA in Gambia (partnership) ; IBAP & GPC in Guine-Bissau (partnership); OGUIPAR, DGMZ en Guine (partnership) ; NPAA en Sierra Leone (partnership); CNGRF au Bnin (partnership), Wetlands International Africa (Civil Society), Collectif 5 Deltas (Civil Society)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Mauritanie Guinée Guinée Bissau Gambie Sierra leonne Liberia Sao tome et Principe Ghana Côte d'ivoire
Contact information
DAYAMBA Frdric Arsne, Programme Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation, frederic.dayamba@iucn.org, +226831747
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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