Dakar, Senegal

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Event Date Wed Nov 7 GMT - Fri Nov 9 GMT (about 3 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Wed Nov 7 12:00am - Fri Nov 9 12:00am
Location Dakar, Senegal
Region EMEA

West Africa’s coastal areas are home to about one-third of the region’s people—and the population is growing 4% each year. A very large proportion, about 40%, of West Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is generated from its coastal areas. The coast hosts major cities, ports, agro-industries, fisheries, offshore petroleum exploration and production. The region hosts an abundance of natural resources, on land and at sea, which provides vital ecosystem services. These resources help drive economic growth, boost resilience in the face of climate change, and provide the livelihoods of many poor people.

However, unsustainable infrastructure development, inadequate management of natural habitats and resources, and pollution threaten the productivity of coastal ecosystems. Climate change–related events such as sea-level rise and warming, land subsidence, storm surge, and increased coastal flooding contribute to the vulnerability of the region. Coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year in some areas, while fisheries are fully or overexploited. Less than 10% of urban areas have access to sewage services, and 20-30% of mangroves have been lost to degradation and destruction in the last quarter century alone.

The West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) helps countries access expertise and finance to sustainably manage their coastal areas. It was created in response to countries’ request for solutions and finance to help save the social and economic assets of coastal areas, and coastal erosion and flooding.

Event Objective

The launch of the WACA Program and its convening Platform seeks to simplify access to knowledge and technical expertise and promote political and financial commitments to support a coordinated, regional approach for coastal resilience in West Africa.

The three-day event also includes a knowledge day to share the latest innovations and experiences in promoting coastal resilience, a field visit to local communities in Dakar to see firsthand the impacts of coastal degradation and the solutions being implemented and will be preceded by two days of technical working sessions for the WACA Resilience Investment Project.

Sponsors & Partners

2018 Sponsors and Partners

•Republic of Senegal’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
•Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
•Nordic Development Fund
•West African Economic and Monetary Union
•The World Bank