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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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