CBD project

Despite the considerable progress made by the PRCM and its partners, the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network in West Africa still needs significant support to become fully operational and representative. In this context, Governments of the sub-region made commitments to the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010 to expand and strengthen their network of MPAs / PAs and adopt coherent policies for Conservation of biodiversity.

These commitments were renewed in Hyderabad, India, in 2012 at the 11th COP. Thus, supported by the MAVA Foundation, PRCM decided, through this project, to support the countries in their obligations and commitments they have subscribed to at these conferences. The project has three objectives:

i: to promote the regional network of MPAs in West Africa (RAMPAO) and to strengthen its management, representativeness and the full participation of all stakeholders;

ii: Improving legal and policy frameworks to achieve the CBD objectives, and

iii: Promoting funding mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.

The project has a duration of 3 years (March 2015-February 2018). The main partners involved in its implementation are seven (7) West African coastal countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cabo-Verde and Gambia, represented by focal points.