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First meeting of Technical Working Groups for the Mami Wata Project Date : 18th to the 22nd of September 2017 Venue : Freetown, Sierra Leone  Documents: ToRs
9ème Edition du Forum Régional Côtier et Marin en Afrique de l'Ouest Date : 23 au 26 octobre 2017 Lieu : Conakry, Guinée Documents: Info , Info1

The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME)

It extends from the Bijagos Archipelago (Guinea Bissau) in the north to Cape Lopez (Gabon) in the south.

The ecosystem area is considered to include the exclusive economic zones of 16 countries, namely, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The Guinea current region, and in particular its central part, faces a number of challenges involving population growth and urbanization, fisheries depletion, water pollution, public health and sanitation, habitat degradation, coastal erosion, loss of biological diversity and land-use. Many of the countries in the subregion are oil producers, and the region is exposed to oil pollution.

The GCLME is rich in living marine resources, with the fishing industry providing livelihood for thousands of fishermen and foreign exchange for the countries. The GEF-funded GCLME project components include improving the sustainability of the fisheries and reducing land and sea-based pollution.