PRCM: 10 years in the service of West Africa coastal and marine zone

PRCM celebrated its 10th anniversary this Wednesday 4th February 2015 at the Headquarters of Oceanium in Dakar, in the presence of a large number of its members and partners. In attendance were a few personalities, including the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Senegal and the Director of MAVA Foundation, who explained the meaning of their support to PRCM and more generally to coastal and marine conservation in West Africa.

Since its effective inception on the ground in 2004, PRCM has constantly endeavoured, with the support of many partners, to unite regional initiatives and coordinate conservation actions across the sub-region’s coastal and marine zone stretching from Mauritania to Sierra Leone through the islands of Cape Verde. Prior to the establishment of PRCM, international organisations founding members of PRCM had expressed in 2002 the desire to work together by embracing a joint approach in order to overcome with greater effectiveness challenges related to the conservation of West Africa’s coastal and marine zone.

This desire came to fruition shortly after the signing of a memorandum of understanding and partnership between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Fund for Nature (WWF), the Banc d’Arguin International Foundation (FIBA) and Wetlands International, later joined by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC). Following a decade of capacity building and structuring of organisations, PRCM evolved from a programme into a platform of partnership.

This evolution is intended to better cope with those challenges calling for an inclusive coalition under which the expertise of each player is recognised, valued and pooled to provide the required leverage for environmental good governance. As of today, PRCM comprises a hundred of members, 6 Colleges of Stakeholders and 3 national platforms, and has become a key actor in the management of the West Africa’s coastal zone.

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