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The Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region (Abidjan Convention) was adopted in 1981. The Convention and its protocol concerning cooperating in combating pollution in cases of emergency came into force in 1984. To date the Convention covers the marine environment, coastal zones and related inland waters falling within the jurisdiction of the States of the Western African Region, from Mauritania to South Africa. Read More
Nairobi (Kenya)/ Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire), 28 June, 2011 - The Abidjan Convention Secretariat is delighted to report that the Republic of Guinea Bissau has ratified the Convention and its Emergency Protocol (1981).
The Abidjan Convention was approved by Parliament on 21 December 2010. This was ratified by the President of the Republic, H.E. Malam Bacai Sanha, on 7 February 2011 and published in the Official Gazzette on 2 March 2011.
|Intitulé||ODINAFRICA PLANNINNG AND REVIEW MEETING|
|Organisateurs||IOC SUB COMMISSION for AFRICA and the Adjacent Island States|
|Documents à Télécharger||Invitation- DINAFRICA PLANNINNG AND REVIEW MEETING|
|Intitulé||SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OCEANOGRAPHY|
|Organisateurs||Institute of Oceanography, University of Calabar, Nigeria|
|Date||12th -14th November 2013|
|Lieu||University of Calabar International Conference Centre, Calabar, Nigeria|
|Contacts||ABIDJAN CONVENTION SUSTAINABLE SEAS PILOT WORKSHOP|
|Documents à télécharger||IOC_Oceanography Conference_2013_Second Announcement and Call for Abstracts|
The Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention held at the International Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is well known that the Abidjan Convention area covers some of the most productive coastal and marine ecosystems in the world, rich in oil, gas and mineral resources and with a great potential for tourism. The coastal zones of the convention area are hubs for intense socio-economic activities, centres of human settlements, transport, industrial and commercial activities.
In November 2007 the Abidjan Convention held its 8th Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 8) in Johannesburg South Africa. During COP8, the Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention, adopted decision CP8/8 to revitalize the Convention to ensure its effective implementation and established a Working Group comprising the members of the Convention Bureau, namely: South Africa, Gambia, Senegal and Ghana, to oversee the revitalization process. The Contracting Parties also requested the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the preparation of a set of recommendations and an action plan for a phased transfer of the Secretariat to the Convention from Nairobi to Cote d’Ivoire which would ultimately lead to full ownership by the Contracting Parties.
The Contracting Parties further agreed to hold an Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties Session back-to-back with the 12th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Johannesburg in June 2008 to consider and decide on the recommendations for revitalizing the Abidjan Convention.
Final Report of the Report of the first extraordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-10 June 2008
In response to the request UNEP, in collaboration with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Senegal Office undertook a study and consulted on the revitalization of the Convention.
Between 1 and 3 April 2008, UNEP organized a stakeholders meeting in Dakar, Senegal to review the findings of the study and make appropriate recommendations. The 3 Commissions of the large marine ecosystems projects, namely, Canary, Benguela and Guinea and other key stakeholders implementing marine and coastal programmes and projects in the Convention area were widely consulted and involved in making the recommendations.
Subsequently, the Bureau to the Convention held a meeting in Dakar on 10 May 2008, reviewed the recommendations and prepared draft decisions for consideration by the Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The draft decisions are focused on:
This Extraordinary Meeting therefore considered the draft decisions from the Bureau as well as agreed on measures to transform the Convention into a tool for sustainable utilization of coastal and marine resources for socio-economic growth in the Convention area. The outcome of the Extraordinary Meeting will serve as the framework for revitalizing the Abidjan Convention.
An Extraordinary Experts Meeting attended by National Focal Points to the Abidjan Convention and further reviewed the draft decisions prepared by the Bureau and the mentioned Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties was held at the International Convention Centre in Committee Room 2 on 10 June from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The Republic of South Africa was the Chair of the Bureau to the Convention. The Ministers of Environment from the Contracting Parties countries of Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo attending the 12th AMCEN Session attended the Extraordinary Meeting. Also invited to attend and participate were the Ministers of Environment from the 8 non-contracting Parties countries of Angola, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Namibia and Sao Tome and Principe.
The Abidjan Convention is pleased to announce the first meeting tenure of the “biodiversity, habitats and water quality” component of the “Protection of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem” (CCLME) project, the 11-12 April 2012 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
The Canary Current large marine ecosystem (CCLME), whose effects extend from Morocco to Guinea, via the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, has one of the highest biological productivity in the world. The annual fish production of the CCLME area is between 2 and 3 million tons. This productivity is threatened by a set of environmental and anthropogenic factors including overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change.
The CCLME project aims to improve the capacity of participating countries to address transboundary issues relating to fisheries declines, threats to biodiversity, habitat degradation and water quality through governance reforms, investment and programs management. This objective is consistent with the priority thematic of the Convention for its 2012-2015 program, particularly in the case of i) The assessment of goods and services provided by ecosystems and coastal and marine habitats and ii) Managing the implementation of programs and activities to reduce or prevent degradation of the marine environment and coastal areas.
The project is funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) with co-financing from participating countries and other partners. It is run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in a concerted effort to fight against the degradation of the Canary Current large marine ecosystem caused by overfishing, habitat alteration and changes in water quality by adopting an ecosystemic approach to fisheries.
This phase will last five years with the seven participating countries: Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Gambia.
Component 3 “Biodiversity, Habitats & Water quality”
The CCLME is one of three major ocean currents within the Convention area, the others being the Guinea Current (GCLME) and Bengal current (BCLME). Under the revitalization plan of the Convention and in previous COP, States Parties have made clear that the Convention should also deal with fisheries related challenges in its area of operations. Therefore, the convention has worked to join this project and has been given the responsibility for the execution of component 3 "Biodiversity, Habitats and Water Quality" on behalf of UNEP.
To do so, the Convention has recruited Mr Brahim Khallahi, based in Dakar, to coordinate activities under this component that aims i) to address gaps in knowledge on critical habitats, biodiversity and water quality problems; ii) to build capacity in policy development and planning on these topics and iii) to formulate a regional plan of mangroves conservation and restoration.
This project is an opportunity for the Convention to meet the contracting parties’ requests and to implement its work program 2012-2015 in order to achieve the objectives it has set, at least for the coastal countries from Mauritania to Guinea. The Convention, supported by UNEP, however, continues its efforts for the other countries and hopes to achieve effective involvement throughout its area of intervention in the near future through collaborations with multiple projects including the GEF funding projects BCLME and GCLME.
To achieve its objectives, the project will monitor the CCLME area status based on scientific results. During the preparatory phase of the project, a series of consultations resulted in a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) which defined the preliminary priority on transboundary problems and proposed actions to overcome them. The project is based on a process of consultations within the working groups’ framework whose aim is to improve the preliminary TDA but also to feed it. Therefore, the WG on biodiversity, habitat and water quality will ensure that issues related to this "new issues" are well reflected in the TDA.
The working group of the component 3 consists of a panel of experts representing different CCLME countries but also institutions and international research centers active in the area. These include the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the Institute for Research & Development (IRD). The WG will meet as required by the participants and activities need. During this first meeting, the date and terms of reference of the next WG meeting will be discussed and fixed.
Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), 28-29 August, 2012 – The Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention is pleased to inform you of the organization of a workshop for the review and approval of the Report for the establishment of an ad hoc Committee on Science and Technology by the Convention.
At the last Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP9) of the Abidjan Convention and its Emergency Protocol which was held in Accra, Ghana in March and April 2011, a total of 16 decisions among which is CP.9/10 regarding the creation of an ad hoc Committee on Science and Technology for the Convention, was taken. That particular decision reads as follows:
Decision CP. 9/10.Establishment of a Committee on Science and Technology
Furthermore, at the last Meeting of the Abidjan Convention Bureau, held from 18 to 19 January 2012, it was decided that activities leading to the creation of the Committee on Science and Technology should become a priority for the Secretariat.
On the basis of the above, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat in May, 2012, put in place a mechanism for hiring an experienced Consultant, to drive the process of establishing the Committee, in line with the decision of the Conference of Parties stated above. Following a keenly contested competitive process, a choice was made in June 2012 and approval by UNEP DEPI was subsequently granted. One month afterwards, a draft Report has been prepared.
The objectives of the workshop are to (i) review the draft report, (ii) adapt the suggestions made, (iii) approve the recommendations on the establishment of an ad hoc Committee on Science and Technology for the Abidjan Convention and, (iv) prepare a draft decision on the matter to be submitted to CPs at COP10..
The expected outcome from the 2-day Meeting will include the approval of (i) the criteria used for the selection of members, (ii) a two-year programme of work, (iii) the mandate for the ad hoc Committee to be established, (iv) the institutional structure for the establishment of the Committee as well as the preparation of an elaborate draft decision for submission at COP10.
The workshop methodology will include: (i) a chapter by chapter review of the Consultant report, (ii) aggregation of comments and suggestions made by the participants, (iii) injection of comments and suggestions from the participants into the report and, (iv) adoption and approval of the report.
Participants for this workshop include academicians, science and technology experts, United Nations Representatives, senior civil servants, political science and oceanography experts as well as marine and coastal environment specialists.
The outcome of the Workshop will, in addition to meeting an important decision taken by COP9 in Accra, Ghana in 2011, enhance the capacity of the Abidjan Convention to find scientific and technological solutions to issues relating to the protection and development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Region.
Notes to the Editors:
The Abidjan Convention is a legal tool for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Region of West, Central and Southern Africa. It has an emergency protocol on oil spills and entered into force in 1984. The Protocol concerning the Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment from Land-Based Sources and the Activities (LBSA) of the Convention was adopted in Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire in June 2012. The Convention covers 22 countries bordering the Atlantic coast of West Africa from Mauritania to South Africa. The Convention is administered by the United Nations Environment (UNEP) with Headquarters based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Refer to www.abidjanconvention.depiweb.org for details.
Le Secrétariat de la Convention d'Abidjan a le plaisir de vous informer de l'organisation du 28 au 29 août 2012 à Abidjan, Côte d’ivoire, de la réunion du groupe d’experts pour l'établissement d'un comité ad hoc sur la science et technologie pour la Convention.
Lors de la dernière réunion de la Conférence des Parties (COP 9) à la Convention d'Abidjan et de son Protocole d'urgence qui s'est tenue à Accra, au Ghana, en mars et avril 2011, 16 décisions ont été prises parmi lesquelles la décision CP.9/10 concernant la création d’un comité ad hoc sur la science et la technologie pour la Convention. Cette décision est libellée comme suit:
En outre, lors de la dernière réunion du Bureau de la Convention d'Abidjan, qui s'est tenue du 18 au 19 Janvier 2012 à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, il a été décidé que les activités menant à la création du Comité sur la Science et la Technologie devraient constituer une priorité pour le Secrétariat.
Sur cette base, le Secrétariat de la Convention d'Abidjan, a mis en place en mai 2012 un mécanisme pour le recrutement d'un consultant expérimenté afin de préparer le processus devant aboutir à la création du Comité, conformément à la décision de la Conférence des Parties mentionnées ci-dessus. Suite à un processus de sélection très concurrentiel, la Division de la Mise en Œuvre des Politiques Environnementales du PNUE a approuvé le choix d’un expert de haut niveau en Juin 2012. Un mois plus tard, un projet de rapport a été préparé et est disponible pour animer la discussion sur le projet de création dudit comité.
Les objectifs de la réunion du groupe d’experts sont: (i) la révision du projet de rapport, (ii) l’adoption des suggestions faites, (iii) l’approbation des recommandations sur la mise en place d'un Comité ad hoc sur la science et la technologie pour la Convention d'Abidjan et, (iv) la préparation d’un projet de décision sur la question à soumettre aux parties contractantes à la COP 10.
Les résultats attendus de cette réunion de deux jours comprennent l'approbation: (i) des critères utilisés pour la sélection des membres, (ii) d’un programme de travail sur deux ans, (iii) du mandat du Comité ad hoc à mettre en place, (iv) de la structure institutionnelle pour l‘établissement du comité, ainsi que du projet de décision à soumettre à la COP10.
La méthodologie de travail de l'atelier inclura: (i) la revue chapitre par chapitre du rapport du Consultant, (ii) l'agrégation des observations et suggestions formulées par les participants, (iii) l’inclusion des commentaires et suggestions des participants dans le rapport et, (iv) l'adoption et l'approbation du rapport.
Les participants à cet atelier sont des universitaires, des scientifiques et des experts en technologie, des représentants des Nations Unies, des hauts fonctionnaires, des experts en sciences politiques et en océanographie ainsi que des spécialistes de l'environnement marin et côtier.
Les résultats de l'atelier seront, en plus de satisfaire une importante décision prise par la COP9 à Accra, au Ghana, en 2011, de renforcer la capacité de la Convention d'Abidjan pour trouver des solutions scientifiques et technologiques à des problèmes relatifs à la protection et au développement de l'environnement marin et des zones côtières de la région.
Notes aux éditeurs :
La Convention d'Abidjan est un outil juridique de coopération pour la protection et le développement de la région marine et côtière de l’Afrique occidentale, centrale et australe. Il dispose d'un protocole d'urgence sur les déversements d'hydrocarbures et est entré en vigueur en 1984. Le protocole relatif à la coopération pour la protection et le développement de l'environnement marin et côtier contre la pollution due aux sources et activités terrestres (LBSA) de la Convention a été adopté à Grand-Bassam, en Côte d'Ivoire en Juin 2012. La Convention couvre 22 pays riverains de la côte atlantique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest de la Mauritanie à l'Afrique du Sud. La Convention est administrée par le Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement (PNUE) et a son siège à Abidjan, Côte-d'Ivoire. Reportez-vous à www.abidjanconvention.depiweb.org pour plus de détails.
In order to better fulfill its mission to strengthen the capacity of marine protected area managers and institutions in West Africa, the RAMPAO seeks the services of a consultant to support the network in the development of its capacity building strategy
For the implementation of the Regional partnership for coastal and marine conservation in west Africa - PRCM, the Coordination Unit is hiring :
- One Coordinator of the Capitalization, Monitoring & Evaluation and Communication Programme for PRCM
- One Accountant for PRCM
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du partenariat régional de conservation de la zone côtière et marine en Afrique de l’ouest, l’unité de coordination lance un appel à candidature pour les postes ci- dessous :
Veuillez trouver en PJ les TDR (versions Word et PDF)
Délai de réception des candidatures, le 30.09.12
Réseau des Aires Protégées d'Afrique Centrale (RAPAC)
New York, Sep 5 2012 11:10AM
Governments must urgently act to reduce the health and environmental hazards posed by the increase in use of chemicals in industries worldwide, says a United Nations report launched today, which stresses that more sustainable management policies are needed to address this growing risk.
Produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the <em>Global Chemicals Outlook</em> report argues that a shift in the production, use and disposal of chemical products from developed to developing countries has made it essential to establish better management policies to avoid diseases and pollution caused by weak regulations.
“Communities worldwide – particularly those in emerging and developing countries – are increasingly dependent on chemical products, from fertilizers and petrochemicals to electronics and plastics, for economic development and improving livelihoods,” said UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, in a <"Newscentre">news release.
“But the gains that chemicals can provide must not come at the expense of human health and the environment. Pollution and disease related to the unsustainable use, production and disposal of chemicals can, in fact, hinder progress towards key development targets by affecting water supplies, food security, well-being or worker productivity,” Mr. Steiner said, adding that improving chemicals management is a vital component for countries to transition into a green economy.
The report highlights not just the damaging consequences to the environment and human health, but also the economic burden of treating chemical poisoning for many countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the estimated costs of poisonings from pesticides now exceeds the total annual overseas development aid given to the region for basic health services, excluding HIV/AIDS.
From Sudan and Ecuador, to bigger economies such as China and the United States, the costs of pesticide poisoning, water pollution, and toxic waste, among other issues, are not being borne by manufacturers and industries, but by social welfare systems and individuals, the report notes. It calls for sustainable chemical management policies not just to combat these costs, but also to improve livelihoods and develop green technologies.
“The economic analysis presented in the Global Chemicals Outlook demonstrates that sound chemicals management is as valid an area as education, transport, infrastructure, direct health care services and other essential public services,” said the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director for Public Health and Environment, Maria Neira, in a news release. “This could foster the creation of many green, decent and healthy jobs and livelihoods for developed and developing countries.”
Some of the recommendations put forward by the report include the integration of chemicals management into national social and economic plans, the development of policies focused on risk prevention and promotion of safer alternatives, and encouraging the private sector to play a more active role in development safety policies in conjunction with governments.
“To harness the economic benefits of sound chemicals management, closer cooperation and better planning is required between government ministries, public and private sectors, and others in the chemicals supply chain,” Mr. Steiner said.
“This requires broad and ambitious efforts, underpinned by strategic financing. Such action can elevate chemicals management to the top of the international policy agenda and help deliver inclusive sustainable development,” he added.
Sep 5 2012 11:10AM
DAKAR, Senegal — A fierce cholera epidemic is spreading through the coastal slums of West Africa, killing hundreds and sickening many more in one of the worst regional outbreaks in years, health experts said. Read More
Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, 26 June 2012 – The Abidjan Convention is pleased to inform that the Protocol concerning the Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment from Land-Based Sources and the Activities (LBSA) in the Western, Central and Southern Africa Region was signed and officially adopted by the Contracted Parties at the hotel
"Etoile du Sud" in the beach city of Grand-Bassam, 22 June 2012.