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Additional Protocol to the Abidjan Convention Concerning the Concerted and Sustainable Management of Mangrove Ecosystems on the Atlantic Coast of West and Central Africa: Perspectives for RAMPAO and RAPAC? 10/03/2017

Fragile ecosystem, mangrove forests represent important portions of the coastlines of West and Central Africa and cover all 22 countries of the Abidjan Convention.

Mangrove forests are very important in many aspects: biologically, ecologically, socially and economically. They provide nursery and spawning grounds for fish, protect coastal and island habitats, provide rice yields superior to continental ecosystem and a wide range of woody and non-woody products that support local communities economies’. Mangroves have also a great potential in the field of ecotourism and constitute carbon sinks in a context of global warming due to increasing emission of greenhouse gases.

Despite the characteristics and importance of this ecosystem, Africa’s mangroves have been under enormous pressure in recent decades, to the point where in West and Central Africa 20 to 30% of mangroves have disappeared in 25 years. This is due to several factors, in particular anthropogenic ones.

Numerous initiatives have been taken at national and international level by coastal States (various legislations, National Action Plans, Conventions…) to curb the destruction of mangroves. These initiatives have been supported in West and Central Africa by The Regional Network of Marine Protected Areas (www.rampao.org) and the Network of Protected Areas of Central Africa (www.rapac.org). These made happen by creation and sutainaible management of national and tranboundaries Marine Protected Areas and the development of regional strategies that ensure a balance between the needs of coastal communities and the ecological potential of mangroves.

Today these strategies need to be reinforced by a more comprehensive approach taking into account impacts of ocean currents in the framework of the development of a regional program for the sustainable and concerted management of mangroves.

RAMPAO and RAPAC, together with key stakeholders, will during this side event, jointly consider the ways and means to efficiently Implementate the Additional Protocol to the Abijan Convention on the Concerted and Sustainable Management of Mangrove Ecosystems.

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