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Launch of the Mami Wata webinar series Date : 23rd to 27th of April 2018 Venue : Assinie, Côte d'Ivoire For more informations please visit
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La Convention d’Abidjan, l’Institut Espagnol d’Océanographie et l’Université de Vigo en collaboration sur la gestion des ressources benthiques

Une délégation composée du Dr Ana Ramos, chercheuse à l’Institut Espagnol d’Océanographie (IEO) et du Pr Fran Ramil, de l’Université de Vigo a été reçue le vendredi 16 mars 2018 par l’équipe du Secrétariat Exécutif de la Convention d’Abidjan.

Les forêts de mangroves : des écosystèmes fragiles

Depuis 2012, le 21 mars est la date choisie par l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies comme Journée Internationale des forêts. Tous les ans, l’événement est l’occasion de faire prendre conscience de l’importance majeure que représentent les forêts. Le thème retenu en 2018 pour marquer l’événement est « les forêts au service des villes durables ». C’est l’occasion de rappeler que les forêts de mangroves sont au cœur de la mission de la Convention d’Abidjan. Cet écosystème fragile représente une importante portion des littoraux de la zone d’intervention de la Convention d’Abidjan, à savoir la côte atlantique de l’Afrique occidentale, centrale et australe.

Management of Offshore oil and Gas activities: Experts Prepare a Contingency Plan for accidental Oil Spills

Abidjan – The MAVA Foundation for Nature organized from 22 to 23 March, a meeting in Dakar as part of the Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Management Project, whose implementing partners are the Abidjan Convention, IDDRI and the MAVA Foundation.

Photo: Abidjan Convention

The purpose of the 2-day meeting was to develop and/or update a contingency plan for accidental oil spills from oil and gas activities for each country subject to the issue (Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone). The interest of this draft strategy is to ensure that quick and effective responses exist in case of pollution. The development and implementation of environmental norms and standards for oil and gas activities in the Abidjan Convention area has been discussed during COP12 (decision CP12-6). Lire en Français

Transatlantic Cooperation: Abidjan Convention at the French-American Symposium on Sargassum in Galveston (Texas)

Abidjan – Forty five French and American scientists met in Galveston (Texas, USA) from 17 to 19 January, 2018 to study the issue of Sargassum. This was an international workshop organized by the Service for Science and Technology (SST) of the Consulate of France in Houston, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and Texas A&M University (Galveston Campus).

GRID Arendal and Abidjan Convention call for Integrated Ocean Management through MSP

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.

Restitution Workshop on the Implementation of the Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (ISEA) in San-Pedro

Abidjan - From 12 to 15 February 2018, Abidjan Convention Secretariat hosted a workshop on the results of the implementation of environmental assessment on San Pedro sites (southern Côte d'Ivoire). The workshop was held in presence of a UN Environment mission coming from Geneva.

The objective of the workshop was to promote the Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (ISEA) and to disseminate it to different actors involved in the development of policies, plans and programmes in Côte d'Ivoire.

La Convention d’Abidjan et le projet IASS sur la gouvernance en haute mer

Abidjan – La Convention d'Abidjan a engagé des discussions en vue d’une coopération avec l' « Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies » (IASS) basé à Potsdam sur un projet sur la gouvernance des aires marines au-delà des juridictions nationales (haute mer) appelé STRONG.

Photo: European Union

Cette coopération sera marquée par la signature d’un protocole d'accord qui facilitera la collaboration entre les parties, sur une base non exclusive, dans des domaines d'intérêt commun.

La Convention d’Abidjan met en garde les communautés côtières contre la consommation de la chair de baleines échouées

Abidjan - Une baleine s’est échouée dans la nuit de samedi 07 à dimanche 08 avril 2018 sur la plage d’Aného à 50 km de Lomé (Togo).  Le cétacé de 8m30 de long et de 3m10 de large a été découvert par les populations environnantes le dimanche matin.

Photo: Abidjan Convention Secretariat

Les communautés riveraines ont découpé le cétacé à la machette pour le consommer. Il s’agit là d’un comportement à risques, les services compétents n’étant pas intervenus pour établir les causes de l’échouage et déterminer si le poisson était propre à la consommation.

Welcome to the Abidjan Convention Secretariat

The Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (Abidjan Convention in short), it covers a marine area from Mauritania to South Africa which has a coastline of just over 14,000 km.

The Convention provides an overarching legal framework for all marine-related programmes in West, Central and Southern Africa.

Under its articles, the Convention lists the sources of pollution that require control as: ships, dumping, land-based activities, exploration and exploitation of the seabed, and atmospheric pollution. It also identifies environmental management issues from which cooperative efforts are meadows, wetlands, barriers and lagoons. These highly productive and diverse ecosystems support fisheries, coastal tourism, industries, minerals such as limestone and sand, busy ports and oil extraction. However, the region’s rapid modernization has led to the unsustainable use of natural resources and to extensive pollution. As a result, crucial habitats are disappearing.

The Convention’s secretariat states its mission as to “Protect, Conserve and Develop the Abidjan Convention Area and its Resources for the Benefit and Well-being of its People.” This is a task that the secretariat is determined to fulfil.

Acknowledging the uniqueness of the coastal and marine environment of the region, as well as its economic and technical limitations decades ago, the countries recognized the need for a regional approach to meet transboundary marine environmental challenges. Thus, after an exploratory environmental assessment mission to 14 regional states in 1976, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommended the development of an Action Plan. The Plan is designed to link assessment of the quality of the marine environment and the causes of its deterioration with activities for the management and development of the marine and coastal environment of West, Central and, later, Southern Africa. The Plan was adopted by 11 countries at a conference in Abidjan, March 1981 and came into force on 5 August 1984, after the sixth country deposited its instrument of ratification.

Adoption of the West and Central African regional legal agreements was facilitated by numerous technical surveys, studies and reviews prepared by UNEP with cooperation of the United Nations Organization; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; the World Health Organization; the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization; and other organizations.

For years, particularly from 1985 to 1999, the Abidjan Convention was bedeviled by many difficulties and, as a result, made slow progress. Today, however, the Convention is revitalized, gaining an increasing number of ratified countries, greater payments to its Trust Fund, holding regular meetings and implementing a number of planned activities.

Revitalization has led to the following:

1. Adoption of a Regional Contingency Plans and other Means of Preventing and Combatting Pollution Incidents (2011)

2. Additional Protocol to the Abidjan Convention Concerning Cooperation in the Protection and Development of Marine and Coastal Environment from Land-based Sources and Activities in the Western, Central and Southern African Region (the LSBA Protocol - 2012)

3. The Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology (created 2014)

4. Regional Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution Emergency of the Abidjan Convention.

Countries in the Abidjan Convention area: are Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo. Of these, 17 are currently parties to the Convention.