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Abidjan – A delegation from the Abidjan Convention conducted an evaluation mission on the restauration of mangroves in The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau from 12 to 24 August 2018. This meeting is part of the demonstration project of the Canary Current Large Ecosystem (CCLME) third component on Biodiversity, Habitat and Water Quality.

Mangroves, are subject to several climatic and anthropic pressures. This degradation imposes an awareness on top of the danger that these ecosystems and planet earth are facing. It is in this context that the demonstration project n ° 5 (Development of a regional conservation plan with pilot restoration actions) of the project "Protection of the Large Ecosystem of the Canary Current or CCLME" is included. This aims on one hand to demonstrate the feasibility of these ecosystems’ restoration and to popularize it with organizations, NGOs and local populations on the other hand. This demonstration project was implemented in The Gambia and Guinea between 2012 and 2014 by Wetlands International Africa (WIA) under a contract with CCLME.

The mission held by Dr. Jacques Abé, Coordinator of the component 3 and Dr. Khallahi Brahim appreciated the success rate of mangrove reforestation in the neighboring villages of Boundali Tenda, Sandeng in the Gambia and Campada and Aotinha in Guinea Bissau. The mission team was able to exchange with the population on the income-generating activities financed under this project.

Dr. Jacques Abé and Dr. Khallahi Brahim visited Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau for the period from 12 to 24 August 2018.

During this visit, and before traveling, they met in Dakar with the regional coordinator of the CCLME, the regional office of WIA as well as the project partners, such as the “Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la Zone Côtière et Marine en Afrique de l’Ouest” (PRCM), the Directorate of the Environment and classified institutions of the country.

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