Launch of the activities of the conservation project for mangroves on Tristao islands

Activities of the conservation project for mangroves on the Tristao islands started off on 7 February 2019 with the recruitment and installation of the project team. Following a call for applications published on social networks and in the national press of Guinea, two profiles were selected, being Aboubacar Soumah, project leader in charge of countrywide coordination, and Ousmane Amyne Camara, chief works supervisor. Under the institutional arrangements, a deputy supervisor was recruited in the person of Djibril Coumbassa. The recruitment panel consisted of Mr. Barthélémy Batiéno, Coordinator of the regional programme for the sustainable management of natural resources (PRCM), Mr. Mamadou Diawara, Executive Director of Guinée Ecologie, and Mr. Mamadou Saliou Diallo, General Coordinator of Guinée Ecologie.

The newly recruited staff assumed duty on 20 February 2019, for the project leader at the head office of Guinée Ecologie, and on 15 April, for the two supervisors based in Tristao.

Following their installation, the project team initiated a number of meetings with administrative and community authorities of Tristao. This is how a first meeting was held with the Secretary General of the prefecture of Boke and another one with the sub-prefect and the mayor of the rural town of Kanfarandé. Subsequently, the project was presented to concerned communities in the presence of the members of the PMA management committee, the representatives of the district bureau, youth and women of Katfoura. The objective of this initial contact was to inform these actors of the launch of the project activities and hear about their concerns and expectations.

The conservation project for mangroves on the Tristao islands is financed by DOB Ecology and jointly implemented by the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa (PRCM), Guinée Ecologie, the Research, Environment and Media Partnership (PREM), and in close collaboration with the Guinea Parks and Reserves Authority (OGPR).