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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

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Time for blue economies in Africa, Abidjan Convention Executive Secretary says

Abidjan, 28 March 2017 - The need to link the protection and conservation of the marine environment with sustainable development and improved livelihoods for local communities was highlighted when specialists from five continents began meeting on Monday 28 March in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the Expert Segment of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention.

Addressing the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention, Abou Bamba, noted that this year’s Conference marked a break with the past, when the focus was on conservation without necessarily mainstreaming the development needs of the population of West, Central and Southern Africa.

Taking West Africa as an example, he noted that the region’s coastal zone was the source of 56 percent of its gross domestic product, which amounted just under 623.5 billion dollars in 2015, according to the World Bank.

The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem, located off the West African seaboard, “is one of the world’s most productive marine and coastal areas”, he said, adding that “the value of the environmental goods and services provided by its coastal and marine resources is estimated to be some US$18 billion a year”. [See more]

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Abidjan Convention countries to benefit from agreement between IAEA and UN Environment on data quality assurance in pollution analysis

Abidjan, 27 January 2017 – Millions of people along Africa’s Atlantic seaboard stand to benefit from an agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) aimed at improving the analysis of contaminants in the Abidjan Convention area.

The agreement on “Practical arrangements on Cooperation in the Strengthening of Data Quality Assurance in the Analysis of Contaminants in the Abidjan Convention Area Marine Environment” – was finalized on 23 January 2017. [Lire la suite]

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Toute Première visite du Chef de l'environnement des Nations Unies en Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, 22 août 2016 - Le Sous- Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies et Directeur Exécutif du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE), Erik Solheim, effectuera une visite de travail à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, du 24 au 25 Août prochain. .[Lire la suite]

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National Consultations on Additional Protocols to the Abidjan Convention on Environmental Norms and Standards, Sustainable Management of Mangrove, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and Amended Texts of the Abidjan Convention

The Government of Liberia, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-Liberia), in collaboration with UNEP/Abidjan Convention Secretariat, and the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, convened a two-day meeting on 11th and 12th August 2016 at Bella Casa Hotel in Monrovia for National Consultations on Additional Protocols to the Abidjan Convention, namely, Environmental Norms and Standards, Sustainable Management of Mangrove, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and Amended Texts of the Abidjan Convention. The objective of the meeting was to capture and reflect contributions at country level from member states of the Abidjan Convention on formulated Additional Protocols and Amended Text of the Convention.[See More]

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West Africa Regional Strategy Validation Meeting on Sargassum Seaweed and Marine Coastal Invasive Species

The Government of Liberia, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-Liberia), in collaboration with UNEP/Abidjan Convention Secretariat, and the USAID West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, convened a two-day meeting on 9th and 10th August 2016 at Bella Casa Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia for the validation of the West Africa Regional Strategy on Sargassum Seaweed and Marine/Coastal Invasive Species. The objectives of the meeting were to develop and validate existing outline regional strategy for submission at COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention in March 2017.[See More]

ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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Senegalese Magistrates Get Training on Environmental Law Application

DAKAR 17 Nov 2015 – In a first by the Abidjan Convention Secretariat, Senegal’s magistrates and military, are being given specialized training in the application of environmental laws that may be passed by the country’s National Assembly and would reduce damage to the sea, the coast and human health.[See More]

ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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Abidjan Convention Regional Expert Group to Meet on Sargassum Seaweed Threat

Since June 2011, coastlines spanning from Morocco (South of Casablanca) to the Gulf of Guinea have experienced annual recurring influx of brownish seaweed (technically referred to as pelagic Sargassum) infestation.

The recurring invasion of seaweed in West Africa has become a regional phenomenon, with ecological and socioeconomic impacts, affecting aquatic resources, fisheries, waterways, coastal habitats and the tourism sector in particular.[See More]