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CALABAR, Nigeria 31 July 2015 – Marine specialists agreed Wednesday to a protocol that would legally bind 22 countries within Abidjan Convention area to protect mangroves and manage them sustainably.

The protocol had been undergoing its second review by experts before being sent to Convention member states for revision and final adoption by the next Conference of Parties to the Convention.

The meeting in the south-eastern coastal Nigerian Calabar was symbolic as the city lies within the oil-bearing Niger Delta, which accounts for at least 10,000 square kilometres of the country's mangrove cover. The county has Africa’s and the world’s third concentration of mangroves. All eight species of mangroves in West Africa grow in the country.

In a message to delegates at the meeting that began Tuesday, Abidjan Convention Regional Coordinator Abou Bamba said for decades states had developed national and transboundary strategies to stem the degradation of the mangrove ecosystems.

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CALABAR, Nigeria 29 July 2015 - Nigeria will lend its total support to programmes and activities that can improve the environment and lives of the coastal communities, Halima Bawa-Bwari, the Abidjan Convention National Focal Point at the Federal Ministry of Environment, has said.

“The Federal Government will always show commitment to all programmes that will enable sustainable development,” she in a statement delivered at a panel of experts’ meeting on mangroves organized by the Abidjan Convention Secretariat.

Her statement was read by Joyce Kitakang, the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem desk officer at the ministry.

This is the panel’s second meeting to refine a West African mangrove charter to become an additional protocol to the Abidjan Convention, a legal entity concerning 22 countries from Mauritania to the western seaboard of South Africa.

The three-day meeting began Tuesday in the south-eastern coastal city of Calabar to validate the protocol. Then, it will be sent to Convention member states for final revision before being tabled for adoption at the next Conference of Parties to the Convention.

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ABIDJAN 5 May 2015 –A panel of 35 experts convened by the Abidjan Convention Secretariat are due to end Thursday a three-day workshop on the strategic assessment of environmental issues, policies and ports’ programmes in West, Central and Southern Africa.


Photo ©: Officials at the opening ceremonyCopyright: PAA.

The meeting which aimed at examining how port and maritime activities affect biodiversity and ecosystems in the Convention region was organized by the Abidjan Convention Secretariat with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; and in partnership with the Abidjan Port, the African Network of Ports for the Environment, and the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa.

The meeting was the first of its kind by the Abidjan Convention Secretariat and marks an important step in resolving environmental problems caused by shipping in the Convention area.

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ACCRA 30 April 2015 – Ghana has appealed to the Abidjan Convention for swift technical assistance to halt the brown seaweed menace along the West African coast.

The appeal was made 23 April when Abidjan Convention Regional Coordinator Abou Bamba led a UNEP delegation to meet with Ghanaian Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Mahama Ayariga. The minister’s appeal was made in his capacity as Chair of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States.


Photo credit: Marine Litter - Sargassum weed - Plage de G.Bassam 16.04.15

He said the seaweed, known as the Sargassum, had been causing serious environmental problems in Ghana, and disrupting fishing as well as tourism. Ghana is one of Africa’s major fishing nations, landing annual catches in the hundreds of thousands and potentially earning it tens of millions of US dollars in sales.

Commenting on the seaweed menace, Bamba said Monday that Côte d'Ivoire’s representative on the Convention’s Committee on Science and Technology had also asked the Secretariat that measures be taken to deal with the seaweed invasion along the shores of Grand-Bassam, a UNESCO world Heritage site and Côte d’Ivoire’s first capital.

 

The seaweed menace may stem from the Sargasso Sea, which has the World’s greatest concentration of Sargassum. The sea is hemmed in to the north by the North Atlantic Current, to the west by the Gulf Stream, and to the east by the Canary Current. Together they form the North Atlantic Gyre, one of five worldwide. Marine plants and refuse from these currents deposit into this Gyre. The resulting seaweed has drifted from this area to other shores of the west and eastern Atlantic, possibly brought by the Canary Current that runs south and westward brushing upper West Africa.

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ABIDJAN, 23 Feb 2015 – Sierra Leone has endorsed two reports that recognize the threats to its marine and coastal environment, and which would contribute to a future integrated management of its coastal zone.

The Coastal and Marine Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping for Sierra Leone, and the State of the Marine Environment Report for Sierra Leone were validated 22 January at a workshop comprising government ministries responsible for marine and coastal zone affairs, the University of Sierra Leone, and non-governmental bodies with environmental and conservation interests.

Mapping of the country’s entire coastline for susceptibility to oil spills began in 2014. Mapping was carried out by Senegal’s Centre for Ecological Monitoring and covered an area 10 kilometres inland from the entire shoreline. Offshore oil exploration has raised the government’s awareness of the possibility of accidents

“Reducing the risk of oil spills is the most appropriate strategy for minimizing the impact to the environment and coastal resources,” Haddijatou Jallow, executive chairperson of the Environment Protection Agency-Sierra Leone, told the 36 participants at the workshop.

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DAKAR, 17 Feb. – Specialists from a mix of disciplines and the Gulf of Guinea region began a three-day meeting Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal, to produce regional standards for the exploration and exploitation of offshore oil and gas in West, Central and Southern Africa.

This will be the second panel of experts meeting on the task, in response to a decision by the eleventh Conference of Parties to the Abidjan Convention, which met March 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference called on the Convention Secretariat to prepare a draft protocol on environmental standards for the development of oil and gas in Africa’s Eastern and South-Eastern Atlantic waters, and present it at the next Conference of Parties due in 2017. The draft will also cover the mining of other minerals along the area’s coast or on the seabed, especially as deep sea mining has now become a focus of global debate.

If accepted by the Conference of Parties the draft document would become an additional protocol to the Abidjan Convention and, for the first time in Africa, set regional environmental standards to regulate offshore oil and gas activities.

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ABIDJAN 3 December 2014 – Once an abundant resource along the coast and riverine areas in West and Central Africa mangroves are fast being degraded; thereby accelerating ecological damage and impoverishing further the thousands of people who depend on this coastal ecosystem.

Arresting this trend has become a matter of urgency for the two subregions. Concerned, the Abidjan Convention “corralled” 20 marine scientists and lawyers in Abidjan 25-27 November to draft a document transforming an existing subregional charter on mangrove management into an additional protocol of the Abidjan Convention.

“We are embarking on a historic act on mangroves,” Abou Bamba, the Abidjan Convention regional coordinator, said at the opening of the meeting. “Once complete, the protocol will be the only legally binding instrument on the management of mangroves on the continent.”

That legal requirement, Law of the Sea Professor Yacouba  Cisse said on Tuesday, was the main value of converting the charter to a protocol, which will also cover South Africa.


Photo ©: Abidjan Convention Secretariat
Right: For Abidjan Convention Secretariat
Regional Coordinator Abou Bamba the mangrove
protocol will be a historic document.
decides its own way of managing mangrove regulations.

“It would ensure better protection of mangroves,” Cisse added, “and stipulate exactly the legal obligations and responsibilities of all state parties in protecting this ecosystem.”

The charter was signed in Nouakchott in 2010 by just six countries, all of them member of the Regional Partnership for the Preservation of the Coastal zone and Marine in western Africa, or PRCM. A charter can mean that each country


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