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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]