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Ocean Governance : Abidjan Convention highly recommends a better management of marine resources

Abidjan - Representatives of the Canary Current Large Ecosystem countries (CCLME) met in Dakar from 21 to 22 June 2018, to report on milestones and discuss the last phase of the CCLME project. The project aims at safeguarding marine resources and coastlines of countries such as Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, the Republic of Guinea and Sierra Leone.

During the two-day meeting, the seven countries represented, evaluated the achievements, the results and the impacts of the activities carried out by the project. In an introductory presentation that took place at the “Centre de Suivi Ecologique” (CSE), Professor Jacques Abé, Coordinator of the component 3 of the project, summarized the results and achievements on biodiversity, habitats and water quality. A component whose results were appreciated by the representatives of the countries, especially when 90 to 95% of the activities planned throughout the duration of the project were carried out.

The Abidjan Convention Secretariat and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies present opportunities for strengthening ocean governance in the South-East Atlantic

Abidjan - The Abidjan Convention Secretariat and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies organized a meeting from 27-28 June 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to foster exchanges and build new networks, to identify key interests and challenges of the region. This gathering is part of the STRONG High Seas Project.

The STRONG High Seas Project is a five-year project aimed at strengthening regional oceans governance for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In collaboration with the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the Regional Seas Program Secretariat of West and Central Africa (Abidjan Convention), the project will develop and propose targeted measures to facilitate the development of integrated and ecosystem-based management approaches for ocean governance in areas beyond national jurisdiction.


Abidjan, le 12 juillet 2018 - Le gouvernement béninois, à travers son Ministère en charge du cadre de vie et du développement durable a organisé en collaboration avec la Convention d’Abidjan/ONU environnement et US AFRICOM, un atelier d’opérationnalisation du plan d’urgence de lutte contre les déversements d’hydrocarbures.

L’organisation d’un tel atelier qui a débuté ce lundi 9 juillet à l’hôtel Golden Tulipe le Diplomate à Cotonou, au Bénin et qui s’est achevé hier, s’inscrit dans le cadre de la sécurisation et de la gestion durable des plateformes défectueuses. Il avait pour objectif majeur de rendre opérationnel le plan d’urgence du Bénin, afin de répondre efficacement à tout éventuel déversement accidentel de pétrole en mer et de minimiser les impacts sur la sécurité maritime ainsi que sur la santé humaine, de l'environnement et des sites culturels.

Le Ministère ivoirien de l’environnement, la Convention d’Abidjan et leurs partenaires mobilisés contre les déchets plastiques

En Côte d’Ivoire, le samedi 9 juin 2018, dans le cadre de la célébration de la Journée mondiale des océans, plusieurs actions ont été conduites dont le nettoyage de la plage de Bassam par le PNUE/Convention d’Abidjan, le Ministère de la Salubrité, de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable ainsi que plusieurs autres partenaires.

Cette année, la Journée mondiale de l'environnement et la Journée mondiale des océans (respectivement les 5 et 8 juin 2018) ont eu pour thème la lutte contre la pollution plastique. Un des temps forts de l’événement fut le nettoyage de la plage de Bassam en présence de la ministre ivoirienne de l'environnement, présidente du bureau de la Convention d'Abidjan pour la biodiversité marine et côtière en Afrique occidentale, centrale et australe.

Welcome to the Abidjan Convention Secretariat

The 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 (Abidjan Convention in short), it covers a marine area from Mauritania to South Africa which has a coastline of just over 14,000 km.

The Convention provides an overarching legal framework for all marine-related programmes in West, Central and Southern Africa.

Under its articles, the Convention lists the sources of pollution that require control as: ships, dumping, land-based activities, exploration and exploitation of the seabed, and atmospheric pollution. It also identifies environmental management issues from which cooperative efforts are meadows, wetlands, barriers and lagoons. These highly productive and diverse ecosystems support fisheries, coastal tourism, industries, minerals such as limestone and sand, busy ports and oil extraction. However, the region’s rapid modernization has led to the unsustainable use of natural resources and to extensive pollution. As a result, crucial habitats are disappearing.

The Convention’s secretariat states its mission as to “Protect, Conserve and Develop the Abidjan Convention Area and its Resources for the Benefit and Well-being of its People.” This is a task that the secretariat is determined to fulfil.

Acknowledging the uniqueness of the coastal and marine environment of the region, as well as its economic and technical limitations decades ago, the countries recognized the need for a regional approach to meet transboundary marine environmental challenges. Thus, after an exploratory environmental assessment mission to 14 regional states in 1976, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommended the development of an Action Plan. The Plan is designed to link assessment of the quality of the marine environment and the causes of its deterioration with activities for the management and development of the marine and coastal environment of West, Central and, later, Southern Africa. The Plan was adopted by 11 countries at a conference in Abidjan, March 1981 and came into force on 5 August 1984, after the sixth country deposited its instrument of ratification.

Adoption of the West and Central African regional legal agreements was facilitated by numerous technical surveys, studies and reviews prepared by UNEP with cooperation of the United Nations Organization; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; the World Health Organization; the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization; and other organizations.

For years, particularly from 1985 to 1999, the Abidjan Convention was bedeviled by many difficulties and, as a result, made slow progress. Today, however, the Convention is revitalized, gaining an increasing number of ratified countries, greater payments to its Trust Fund, holding regular meetings and implementing a number of planned activities.

Revitalization has led to the following:

1. Adoption of a Regional Contingency Plans and other Means of Preventing and Combatting Pollution Incidents (2011)

2. Additional Protocol to the Abidjan Convention Concerning Cooperation in the Protection and Development of Marine and Coastal Environment from Land-based Sources and Activities in the Western, Central and Southern African Region (the LSBA Protocol - 2012)

3. The Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology (created 2014)

4. Regional Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution Emergency of the Abidjan Convention.

Countries in the Abidjan Convention area: are Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo. Of these, 17 are currently parties to the Convention.