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Dear Partners,
Applying a sustainable development approach in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is essential, particularly for development at the local level. Across WACA’ s ongoing country projects, about $20 million is committed for social projects and livelihoods. However, beyond these direct investment in communities, more resources are going into infrastructure and nature-based solutions which contribute to coastal resilience. A case in point is the restoration of the banks of the Mono River in Benin earlier this year where 35,000 people are now protected from erosion and flooding and can now safely use the main road to access markets and public health services. Read the story on what was accomplished in the Benin newspaper.
This is exactly what WACA is about and why we focus on scaling up promising approaches.
Peter Kristensen
WACA Program Team Leader

Mark Your Calendar!  November 18, 2020 WACA Call4Innovation Demo-Day!

The WACA Call for Innovation is concluding and you are invited to join us for the public and virtual Demo-Day on Wednesday November 18. The Call for Innovation seeks solutions for coastal and ports management that have a private sector and sustainability angle. Twenty-two innovations were submitted and evaluated against a set of criteria. On Demo-Day, a distinguished Jury will select the top three winners. Learn more →
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Cote d’Ivoire: New Convention to Restore the Azagny Parks and Ehotilé Islands

In October, WACA Cote d’Ivoire signed with the agency in charge of parks and reserves, Office ivoirien des parcs et réserves (OIPR), an convention to conserve and restore the Azagny Parks and the Ehotile Islands. WACA will provide a funding of CFA 200 million for the interventions.
I can reassure you that OIPR will make every effort to carry out these activities. We will put in place an action plan that supports communities living in the vicinity of the parks and islands and gets them involved in the conservation and restoration of the fragile ecosystems," said Colonel-Major Tondossama Adama, Director General, OIPR. Continue reading →

New Publication: Cabo Verde Blue Bond Note

The Government of Cabo Verde recognizes the growth potential of its coastal and marine natural capital and the need to preserve it. It is increasingly paying attention to the potential of a blue economy strategy that could serve as a key enabler of growth and poverty reduction while preserving the environment and increasing its resilience to climate change.

But shifting to a blue economy will require access to innovative financing.  This report concludes that a Blue Bond, in the order of $10-15 million, would be an appropriate instrument for Cabo Verde. It would support the government’s strategy to diversify borrowing sources in anticipation of transitioning out of concessional lending. It would also build on one of the country’s main assets, its ocean. The sectors best suited for Blue Bond financing would be ecotourism, marine plastic, and sustainable fisheries, as they offer the best combination of development impact, revenue generation, preservation of the coastal and marine environment, and attractiveness to blue investors. Continue reading →


Soft Solutions to Manage Dunes in Senegal

The French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), a partner to WACA, has made the resilience of aquatic and coastal ecosystems one of its priority areas of intervention. In Benin, Senegal, and Togo, the FFEM is financing the implementation of soft solutions, like fences to prevent wind erosion of dunes as a tool to manage coastal erosion. The Ecological Monitoring Centre (CSE) in Dakar and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are providing technical support to this effort. Continue reading →

Beach Replenishment in Saly, Senegal

The agency in charge of the Promotion of Investments and Major Works of Senegal (APIX) has started sand recharging operations as part of the Saly beaches restoration project. Planned to last four months, the beach replenishment  will allow a revival of seaside tourism. Continue reading →

Coronavirus Makes Investing in Climate Adaptation more Urgent than ever! 

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the importance of planning for crises before they hit, as well as the destructive potential of unmanaged risks. But during this unprecedented crisis, climate shocks and extreme weather events will not stop. Arame Tall of the World Bank provides reflections on this topic in her blog. Continue reading →

When Resilience Means Leaving your Home and Making a New One

Along the beach in Mondouku, Côte d'Ivoire, a group of fishermen have just returned with their catch. Many of them come from neighboring Ghana, and they tell us that they come to the Ivorian part of the coast because there are more fish here. Read Margaret Arnolds blog's on the social dimensions of coastal resilience West Africa. Continue reading →
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