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Dear colleagues,

We are celebrating World Oceans Day today, June 8th. This year’s theme, life and livelihoods, aligns well with the goal we have in WACA of protecting coastal livelihoods while promoting healthy oceans.

Last week, we made the first WACA Annual Report available. It showcases results so far, reiterates the business case for WACA, and presents about ongoing policy dialogue, access to expertise and finance for costal resilience.  Download the WACA Annual Report here.

Today, we launch the WACA Innovation eBook that focuses on solutions for sustainable management of ports and lagoons systems in West Africa. It came out of the Call4Innovation we ran in 2020, and highlights the three winners, WACA-App, Trans-Sand, and Port-System Approach. We have also included the  submissions to facilitate access to more solutions -- because all were great innovations!

We are excited to announce the
WACA Sustainable Ports’ Partnership, which is a novel approach for involving the private sector in coastal resilience. Through it, West and Central African ports will find common ground, share knowledge, and identify solutions addressing environmental and social issues in port operations. They will be supported by a community of private sector, civil society, regional institutions, and global partners.

In celebration of Earth Day, WACA participated to the High-level Dialogue on The Digital Revolution for Sustainable and Scalable Development organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the European Space Agency. The team presented WACA’s work in
operationalizing action for coastal resilience. Watch the 4-minute video here.

We launched a Twitter Q&A campaign on coastal resilience in the margins of Environment Day (June 5) and Oceans Day. Christophe Deguenon, Director for Environment and Water Resources, WAEMU Commission, and Peter Kristensen, WACA Program Manager, animated the conversation. Follow the conversation and the talk on climate, communities, solutions, among others in French and in English. Please amplify the messaging with the hashtags #AskWACA #WorldOceansDay and #CoastalResilience.

A must read is today’s blog titled
On World Oceans Day, make a pledge to nurture nature so nature can nourish us co-signed Craig Foster, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shweeta Khare Naik, and Pawab Patil. It provides four simple things we can do today for a healthy coastal and marine environment, do read them. Dr. Jane Goodall says “We depend on our ocean for the future of life on earth, and our ocean depends on us to heal the harm we have inflicted on Mother Earth. Let’s join our hearts, hands, and minds to heal her. In doing so, she will heal us. It’s not too late.”

Happy World Oceans Day on behalf of the WACA Team,  
Peter Kristensen 

 

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