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Ministers from Africa’s Atlantic seaboard countries approved an amended text of the Abidjan Convention and three new protocols at the 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention, held on 27-31 March in Abidjan, conditioning their approval on the incorporation into the drafts of comments made at the meeting.

The ministers requested the Convention’s secretariat to organize a meeting of plenipotentiaries to adopt the amended convention and the protocols, which relate to integrated coastal zone management, sustainable management of mangroves and environmental norms and standards for the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas. Read More



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Abidjan Convention: Experts finalize key protocols

Experts from the countries of Africa’s Atlantic seaboard on Wednesday agreed on three additional draft protocols to the Abidjan Convention, paving the way for their examination and approval by ministers from the Convention’s States Parties at their meeting on Thursday and Friday.

They also agreed to amendments to the Abidjan Convention [full name: Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa region] signed in 1981, ratified in 1984 and amended once since then.[See more]

Abidjan set to become the epicenter of the ocean debate in late March

Abidjan March 10, 2017 - Abidjan is set to become the epicenter of the debate on the Southeast Atlantic ocean and adjoining coastal areas from 27 to 31 March, when Parties to the Abidjan Convention meet for their 12th Conference. The event’s importance was highlighted by Côte d’Ivoire’s Government and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) at a joint press conference in Abidjan on Thursday 9 March.

“The 12th Conference of Parties is a major event in the life of the Convention,” noted the Convention’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Abou Bamba. “It will mark the end of the Convention’s revitalization phase. You could say that it will signal a new start, a new take-off”. Read More


Banjul 19 July 2016 - Mr. Ousmane Sow, the Permanent Secretary of the Gambian Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Wildlife and Fisheries gave the Official launch of formulated additional Protocols to the Abidjan Convention. National Consultations on the additional Protocols of the Abidjan Convention (Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Sustainable Management of Mangrove, Environmental Standards on Oil and Gas) and discussion on Amended Text of the Abidjan Convention, will be held in countries of the Convention’s area.

Photo ©: Richard Dacosta Abidjan Convention

The main objectives of these meetings aim at (i) reviewing the last 3 protocols and texts of the Convention and its contingency plan and (ii) prepare for validation at upcoming COP12 of the Abidjan Convention which is scheduled for March 2017 in Banjul.

The official ceremony which started on Monday, 18 July 2016 in Banjul, The Gambia gathered about forty national experts from various sectors such as environment, forests, water resources, right to the environment, parks, tourism, fishing, marine issues, projects and national programmes. Among the participants, 20 have been sponsored by the government of Gambia.

At the end of the proceedings, the texts will be submitted to plenary for restitution.


ABIDJAN 21 October 2015 - Marine and coastal journalists of the Abidjan Convention area have completed a three-day workshop on marine litter, vowing to expand reporting on this and other critical marine environmental issues.

Photo: Vanessa Ahouadjiro
Abidjan Convention Secretariat.

The workshop attracted eight reporters, some members of staff and the course instructor. The three-day session consisted of presentations on marine litter in their countries by the participants; a field visit to a pollution problem at the Abidjan Fish Port; writing exercises and discussions on the global marine litter debate. This workshop was a follow-up to another organized by the Convention Secretariat in December 2013 on coastal and marine environmental issues in general.


ABIDJAN 25 September 2015 - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara received Friday a United Nations report detailing decades of environmental destruction in the country, especially during 11 years of civil war and political turmoil.

Ouattara’s government came to power in 2011 and asked the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a post-crisis environmental impact assessment of the country. Read More

CALABAR, Nigeria 31 July 2015 – Marine specialists agreed Wednesday to a protocol that would legally bind 22 countries within Abidjan Convention area to protect mangroves and manage them sustainably.

The protocol had been undergoing its second review by experts before being sent to Convention member states for revision and final adoption by the next Conference of Parties to the Convention.

The meeting in the south-eastern coastal Nigerian Calabar was symbolic as the city lies within the oil-bearing Niger Delta, which accounts for at least 10,000 square kilometres of the country's mangrove cover. The county has Africa’s and the world’s third concentration of mangroves. All eight species of mangroves in West Africa grow in the country.

In a message to delegates at the meeting that began Tuesday, Abidjan Convention Regional Coordinator Abou Bamba said for decades states had developed national and transboundary strategies to stem the degradation of the mangrove ecosystems.