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Abidjan - The management of marine and coastal ecosystems is challenging for a range of reasons – the complexity of managing a high variety of potentially conflicting activities in an environment subject to constant change is one of them.

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The Abidjan Convention in its mission to protect, conserve and develop the Abidjan Convention Area and its resources for the benefit and well-being of its people, works with GRID Arendal on a the Mami Wata project.

This four-year project supports the development of technical capacity in the Abidjan Convention countries to undertake Integrated Ocean Management (IOM). A key aspect of this capacity is the development of thematic toolkits to support three elements of Integrated Ocean Management among which Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

Marine Spatial Planning is a relatively new way of managing human activities taking place in the ocean. It’s a long-term and strategic process that guides where, when and how human uses take place. This can be useful where there are opportunities for new uses or where activities impact on nature. MSP can help to balance competing interests – making sure society benefits while protecting the marine environment.

For a better understanding of this process, two training meetings took place respectively in Dakar, Senegal and Swakopmund in Namibia.

These training meetings organized mainly for the French and English-speaking countries of the Abidjan Convention area both aimed at understanding the relevance and discussing the importance of Marine Spatial Planning in the preservation and conservation of marine and coastal resources.

In West African countries of the Abidjan Convention area, MSP has added value to the conservation and sustainable management of habitats and species which resulted to the creation of Marine Protected Areas in Saint-Louis, Senegal and Santa Luzia in Cape-verde.

The “Blue Planning in Practice” training course provided an introduction to the theoretical perspectives and practical knowledge, essential for a MSP process. It is based on an ecosystem approach and promotes a balance between conservation and human uses of the marine environment.

The Blue Planning in Practice method offered the participants the opportunity to approach several important components of MSP, such as identification of need and process design; development of shared vision, objectives and goals; and organization of stakeholder participation.

Through interactive sessions and group work, the participants were able to share their expertise and experience on the topics related to MSP. Lire en Français