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Dear Colleagues,
 
I had opportunity to speak with World Bank Regional Director Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, as part of his video blog series on Sustainable and Prosperous Africa. In the video, I emphasized the collaborative effort we take in WACA to assist countries in building coastal resilience, and ways partners and individuals can engage. Watch More

 
Read WAEMU Director Christophe Deguenon’s blog about how West African ministers of environment are deepening their engagement in preserving biodiversity in coastal ecosystems. In July, with support from the EU, WAEMU launched two new programs to support the  West Africa Coastal Areas’s Master Plan (SDLAO). Read More

The World Bank study on The Cost of Coastal Zone Degradation in West Africa is now available in French. It shows that in 2017 alone, coastal flooding, erosion, and pollution cost about $3.8 billion, or 5.3% of the GDP of four countries – Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Togo. Download Study.
Regional harmonization of approaches is essential for coastal resilience solutions. That is why, WACA was keen to support the organization of the Abidjan Convention’s Plenipotentiaries Conference. The conference ratified four new protocols on coastal management to be implemented at national level with support from the Abidjan Convention and the World Bank. Read More.

Earlier this month, WACA was showcased by World Bank Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, Karin Kemper (starting at 40m00s) at a 24 hour Econothon where global experts discussed development challenges and opportunities to transform livelihoods. Watch More.
 
Access to finance is the one single challenge we hear over and over. This is why we are piloting the WACA Marketplace, November 18-19, 2019 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Through this mechanism, countries will come equipped to pitch a subset of their projects to financial and implementing partners. We will keep you posted on how it goes.

Last but not least, have a look at the
revamped, mobile-friendly WACA website where we feature partners and countries telling their stories and sharing insights on their engagement. The new country-specific pages provide an overview of opportunities and actions underway. Let us know what kind of information you would like to see online. Visit Website

Best regards on behalf of the many teams engaged in WACA.
 
Peter Kristensen
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