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The government of Guinea Bissau has established new protected areas, including the Dulombi-Boe-Tchétché complex that consists of two national parks and three ecological corridors. So far, the investment priorities of the country in the area of conservation related to the creation of protected areas along the coastal and island area (the Bijagos Archipelago) covering almost 15% of the national territory. 

The World Wetlands Day that was organised in Guinea Bissau by the Coastal Planning Department in collaboration with the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP), the Wetlands Protection Organisation, the Monte-Ace NGO and the Municipality of Bissau provided an opportunity to celebrate the restoration of “La lagoa de N’Batonha”, a wetland in the heart of the capital city. Until it was restored, this lake served as a site where people used to dispose of their waste and refuse, with all sanitary risks involved. 

Members of PRCM Regional Steering Committee met in January in Dakar. On the agenda for discussions were the institutional reorganisation and the legal status of the Partnership.

It was agreed that PRCM’s niche should be confined to three key mandates:

 

The marketing and use of conventional plastic bags in Cabo Verde are now banned under Act of 1st January 2017. This is the culmination of a struggle carried out by the Association for Environmental Protection and Development (ADAD) within the framework of the “Cabo Verde without plastic bags” drive in partnership with MAVA and PRCM.

As a member of PRCM, BiodiverCites, a Mauritania-based NGO, implemented an awareness-raising project entitled « Climate at home! », a replication of Collectif en Haut’s participatory initiative that promoted aerial and ground photography. 20 pupils from Nouakchott were selected by the NGO to try and explain, through the photographs, their perception of climate changes, its effects and consequences on the environment as well as the adaptation measures in place

The Regional Partnership for coastal and marine conservation in West Africa (PRCM) has established, for relevant stakeholders, a regional platform of discussions and experience sharing on issues pertaining to the conservation and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources, i.e. the Regional Coastal and Marine Forum.

A body of legislations, regulations, policies and strategies has been developed in Senegal, specifically for marine and coastal areas. There was a need, however, to link them together in an organised manner, in view of their high number and often complex language.

The thirteen session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) took place in Cancun, Mexico from 4 to 17 December 2016. This was an opportunity for delegates to exchange views on various issues related to biodiversity conservation and approve several recommendations dealing with matters in connection with coastal and marine biodiversity, resource mobilisation, synthetic biology and capacity building.

20 students from 12 sub-Saharan African countries (Burkina Faso, Benin, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinee, Senegal and Togo), Madagascar and Haiti are currently completing their second year, to run until June 2017, of a Master’s programme at Senghor University of Alexandria,

In November, the GREEN Senegal NGO organised, in collaboration with PRCM, a workshop at the Head Office of Parc National des îles de la Madeleine (PNIM) in Dakar. The meeting gathered various stakeholders (Government officials, national and local elected officials, community representatives, media people, private sector operators, etc) to mull over the creation of a multi-stakeholder consultation forum on the issues confronting Senegal’s coastal and marine area.

 

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