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Abidjan, 21 mars 2018 - Depuis 2012, le 21 mars est la date choisie par l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies comme Journée Internationale des forêts. Tous les ans, l’événement est l’occasion de faire prendre conscience de l’importance majeure que représentent les forêts. Le thème retenu en 2018 pour célébrer marquer l’événement est « les forêts au service des villes durables ».

Le rôle que jouent les forêts de mangroves est capital à bien des égards. Pour les poissons, elles constituent des frayères privilégiées (zones de reproduction). Elles sont également d’efficaces protections pour les habitats côtiers et insulaires en même temps qu’elles freinent ou ralentissent l’érosion côtière. Sur le plan de l’activité économique, les rendements rizicoles en zones de mangroves sont supérieurs à ceux des écosystèmes continentaux.  De plus, tout en jouant le rôle de précieux puits de carbone dans un contexte de réchauffement climatique, les forêts de mangroves offrent des opportunités réelles au secteur de l’écotourisme.

Dans le Sud Est du Nigéria, l’Etat de Cross Rivers abrite le plus grand parc du pays. Nichée dans un écosystème de mangroves, sa capitale, Calabar fait partie de ces cités qui vivent en harmonie avec la nature.

Toutefois, les forêts de mangroves sont soumises à des pressions intenses du fait de l’activité anthropique qui constituent pour elles une menace réelle. Près du 1/3 des forêts de mangroves ont ainsi disparu en un quart de siècle en Afrique occidentale et centrale.

A travers son protocole additionnel relatif à la gestion concertée et durable des écosystèmes de mangroves la Convention d’Abidjan dispose d’un instrument lui permettant de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans la préservation des forêts de mangroves. La célébration de la journée internationale des forêts donne l’occasion au Secrétariat de la Convention d’Abidjan d’attirer l’attention sur les menaces qui pèsent sur les mangroves en Afrique et de rappeler la nécessité de mieux protéger ces écosystèmes fragiles.

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Abidjan, March 20, 2018 - A delegation composed of Dr. Ana Ramos, a researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and Prof. Fran Ramil, from the University of Vigo, met with Mr. Abou Bamba, Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention, surrounded by his team.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the opportunity of initiating activities supporting research on the conservation and management of marine and coastal biodiversity in countries of the Abidjan Convention. This will ultimately increase the knowledge available on the fishery resources currently exploited and facilitate the collection of new data on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including aquatic species living near the seabed, among others (the benthos). Read More

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ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT
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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]

ABIDJAN CONVENTION SECRETARIAT

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Contact: Mr. Abou Bamba, Regional Coordinator, UNEP/Abidjan Convention

Tel: +225 027 18781

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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]