The creation of several thematic networks under PRCM allows exchanging information, sharing experiences, harmonising procedures and methods, managing species or shared habitats in a joint manner, developing training tools or modules with a collective interest, conducting common advocacy campaigns, etc. As of today, 3 thematic networks are operational across the PRCM zone.
· Regional Network of MPAs (RAMPAO)
RAMPAO was officially created in 2007 as a response to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well to the working programmes of the CBD and the World Parks Congress, which called for the establishment of representative, coherent and operational networks of MPAs to ensure the conservation of marine biodiversity and the management of fishery resources. To a large extent, RAMPAO’s success stems from the quality of services it provides to its members, including support to the creation of new MPAs and the development of management plans, training in maritime surveillance, promotion of shared governance, various studies, advocacy for viable funding mechanisms. This success is also attributable to the support it receives from member countries’ political authorities who have officially committed to do so.
· Alliance of Parliamentarians and Local Elected Representatives for Environmental Protection (APPEL)
APPEL brings together Parliamentarians and local Elected Representatives from PRCM who endeavour to protect the environment. In the “Praia Declaration”, serving as the constitutive act of this network in 2009, Parliamentarians adopted a number of decisions to promote environmental governance in the coastal and marine zone of West Africa. APPEL breaks down in national networks that are run and supported by parliamentary assistants to ensure smooth functioning.
Regional Environmental Education Programme (PREE)
· This programme also operates a network to promote the mainstreaming of environmental education in school curricula of PRCM member countries. PREE develops teaching tools based on the environmental issues prevailing in the coastal and marine zone, and provides training to teachers, protected areas staff and NGOs.