Our governance

PRCM is managed by a Regional Steering Committee (RSC) comprising one representative per College for each category of the stakeholders of the coastal and marine zone.

Forum of PRCM Partners

The Regional Forum brings together the various categories of stakeholders of the coastal and marine zone, including national and intergovernmental organisations, scientific institutions, national and international NGOs, socioprofessional organisations, the private sector (fishing, tourism, and hydrocarbon) and financial partners. It is the place where discussions are held on PRCM’s strategic policies, its governance system as well as recommendations to stakeholders. The Regional Forum provides a unique opportunity for dialogue not only between countries in the sub-region but also on intervention sectors in order to build a common vision about the development of the coastal and marine zone. Recommendations and resolutions at the Forum are adopted based on a principle of consensus. The Forum is organised every 18 months in a different capital city and is attended by around 200 officials from a hundred of institutions. Moreover, advantage is taken of the presence of these officials at the Forum to hold the statutory meetings of the various networks and organise thematic workshops and training sessions.

Regional Steering Committee (RSC)

The Partnership is managed by a Regional Steering Committee that plays a decision-making and strategic role. The membership of the Regional Steering Committee includes a representative per College for each category of stakeholders of the coastal and marine zone and 8 core members. It meets every 6 months and is chaired for 18 months by a representative of the Colleges, as elected by their peers during the first annual session. The role of the Chair is to coordinate the activities of the Committee. Attributes of the Committee include the following:

  • approve the multiannual comprehensive strategy and sectoral strategies;
  • oversee and establish guidance for the Co-ordination and Mobilisation Unit (CMU) in an impartial and neutral manner concerning field interventions and activities;
  • control resource management;
  • approve or reject membership applications;
  • approve or reject proposals to exclude members from the Partnership;
  • support advocacy and strategic and political representational activities;
  • represent the Partnership with donors

 

Colleges

The Partnership is structures around 6 Colleges that bring together the various categories of stakeholders of the West African coastal and marine zone, as follows:

  1. College of National Civil Society;
  2. College of Governmental Institutions and Sub-regional Commissions;
  3. College of Parliamentarians and Local Elected Representatives;
  4. College of Professional Organisations;
  5. Research and Training College;
  6. College of International NGOs.

As members of the Partnership, these constituent organisations enjoy a voting right within their respective Colleges to appoint their representative(s) and alternate(s).