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Note to Editors:

The Abidjan Convention - whose official title is 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, and its protocol concerning cooperating in combating pollution in cases of emergency - came into force in 1984. The area is endowed with abundant fish and petroleum resources, and it covers the 22 coastal states on the West Africa side of the Atlantic Ocean from Mauritania to South Africa.

It is a comprehensive umbrella agreement for the protection and management of the marine and coastal area, and aims to address pollution from ships, dumping, land-based sources, exploration and exploitation of the sea-bed, and pollution from or through the atmosphere. It also makes provision for liability and compensation in case of pollution.

The Convention is the basis for cooperative efforts to deal with other issues such as overfishing, control of the fish stocks, coastal-based tourism, coastal erosion, especially protected areas, and environmental impact assessment in the region.