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Abidjan – The MAVA Foundation for Nature has developed, in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the West African subregion, an intervention strategy for the period 2016-2022. In West Africa, conservation priorities jointly identified with partners have led to the development of eight specific action plans which aim to reduce six threats to six selected biological targets.

These action plans aimed primarily at: 1. Ending disturbances at breeding sites and the illegal exploitation of green turtles and loggerhead turtles; 2. Minimize direct mortality and halt disturbances in breeding and wintering colonies of water birds at priority sites; 3. Reduce mortality and promote the protection of seabirds in Cabo Verde; 4. Reduce the risk of pollution from offshore oil and gas activities; 5. Mitigate the impact of coastal infrastructure on priority habitats (nesting beaches of sea turtles, seagrasses and mangroves); 6. Bridging knowledge gaps and enhancing seagrass conservation; 7. Reduce the bycatch of seabirds and sea turtles in industrial fisheries, particularly trawling and longline fishing; 8. Reduce overexploitation of small pelagic fish through more sustainable stock management and more effective protection of critical coastal sites.

In May 2018, MAVA organized training for its partners who implement the action plans with the objective of introducing partners to the key concepts of adaptive management in order to ensure good coordination and harmonization in the field, follow-up of the various action plans at the level of the West Africa programme.

Moreover, to allow the partners involved in the action plan on pollution risk reduction from offshore oil and gas activities and the project implemented under this action plan to benefit from the experience, the MAVA Foundation organized, the same training specifically intended for people in charge of the coordination and implementation of the project’s action plan and partners who play a role at strategy and project level as well as MAVA's West Africa programme team. The training took place in Dakar from 19 to 20 September in Dakar with the objective to introduce the partners to the key concepts of adaptive management to apply it to the action plan. It will jointly enable an effective adaptative management mechanism to contribute to better implementation and coordination of the action plan.

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Vanessa Ahouadjiro/Paule-Myriam Bana