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Role and terms of reference

Many of the coordinating structures of the Convention have been strengthened, most importantly national representation through the focal points. The focal points institutions have been supported to operationalize their offices and to initiate a reporting mechanism for the Convention by compiling national status reports on the coastal and marine environment.

The National Focal Point shall be a senior government official whose selection will be based on the strong knowledge and experience on Convention matters and supported with a national budget (or Convention budgetary allocation) to implement the Convention’s activities including creating awareness of such activities.

A forum of focal points of the Abidjan Convention was held at the Erata Hotel in Accra, Ghana, from 24 to 26 November 2004. The objective of the forum was to prepare a detailed and realistic work programme for the period 2005–2007, for presentation to the Contracting Parties at their seventh meeting, in Gabon, in February 2005, in accordance with the Parties’ decision at their sixth meeting. The work programme would be implemented within the framework of the NEPAD environmental component and its platform for the management of the marine and coastal resources of Western Africa.

The forum discussed and agreed on the formal establishment of the focal points network to support the operation of the Regional Coordinating Unit. Terms of reference for focal points and for the focal point forum of the Convention were drafted and presented during the forum and will be submitted for adoption to the Contracting Parties at their next meeting; The forum also entrusted the secretariat with the establishment of task teams to follow up on the implementation of the work programme, in order to support the operation of the Regional Coordinating Unit.

A focal points forum and specific terms reference for the focal points have been established. The focal points institutions have been supported to operationalise their offices and to initiate a reporting mechanism for the Convention by compiling national status reports on the coastal and marine environment. The national reporting mechanism for the Convention will give guidance on national priorities within coastal and marine management in preparation for the Convention’s Work Programme for 2008 and onwards.

National Focal Point Terms of Reference:

  • To serve as the channel for all formal communications between the Regional Coordinating Unit and the government and national collaborating institutions and task force members
  • To coordinate information flow from national institutions, non-governmental organizations and locally based national, bilateral or multilateral projects and ensuring the dissemination of information to and within their country
  • To ensure/facilitate regular and timely contribution to the Trust Fund of his/her country’s contribution for timely implementation of the Convention’s work programme
  • To participate in or assure adequate representation at the meetings of the National Focal Points Forum at least once every year and at the COP meetings;
  • To facilitate internalization of the agreements on policy, legal, regulatory etc of the Convention and its protocols for timely implementation
  • To participate in biennial work plans as national experts and ensure preparation and submission of reports on the implementation of biennial work plans and relevant activities implemented at the national level by institutions, departments, agencies, non-governmental organizations etc...
  • To coordinate the preparation of the ‘’state of the marine and coastal environment’’ as contribution to the regional report of the RCU
  • To ensure inter-sectoral coordination at the national level on the implementation of all activities approved by COP meetings and report same to RCU

Convention Focal Point Forum:

  • Actively promote the objectives and implementation of the work plan of the Abidjan Convention and other complimentary activities
  • Prepare the work plan to be approved by the Conference of Parties in collaboration with the RCU and taking into account activities of partners of the Abidjan Convention
  • Oversee the implementation of regional programmes under the Convention
  • Provide guidance, technical and scientific advice to the RCU; and policy recommendation for the Convention
  • Act as a platform for information sharing and exchange within the participating countries, and Convention partners
  • Review and adopt regional programmes/project proposals for presentation to COP and potential partners
  • Identify issues/activities that require the establishment of task forces, constitute and monitor the progress of such task forces
  • Identify, initiate and recommend resource mobilization activities in consultation with the RCU