Capacity Development for Enhanced Marine Management in West Africa (CD MaMaWA)
As of: October 2018
Objective and activities
The African Atlantic coast has a combined exclusive economic zone approximately 4.8 million km2 in size. Despite its immense biodiversity, West African marine and coastal ecosystems remain under significant pressure from overfishing, hydrocarbon exploitation, pollution and coastal development. The project aims to improve integrated marine management approaches in the countries of the Abidjan Convention by: conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity, sustainable resource use and long-term provision of ecosystem services. The member states will be supported with the management of "Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas" (EBSAs). Further support will be applied for the "Marine Spatial Planning" (MSP) for conservation and ecosystem service-based sustainable development and for "State of Marine Environment Reporting" (SoME) for improved management response.
State of implementation/results
- A first webinar on “Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas” was conducted in French and English
- A workshop on integrated ocean management provided a platform for national and international expert to develop an integrated ocean management framework for the project
- Due to training on “Marine Spatial Planning” participants from six countries got the possibility to acquire new knowledge and to exchange experiences