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Some development challenges in coastal areas are so complex and have multiple options for solutions that it is hard to determine which intervention is best. And do we really know all possible solutions? That is why we invite you to propose innovative solutions. Below you will find more on the context, eligibility criteria, deadlines. Applications are due March 27, 2020 (midnight Washington DC). We look forward to your participation!

The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) to bridge the gap between innovators and port developers/owners to build sustainable and integrated coastal management. The call is part of the WACA Resilience Investment Project (WACA ResIP), a multi-country regional project that aims to support present assets and strengthen the resilience of coastal communities. The challenge is to identify innovative and feasible solutions to fight coastal erosion and flooding issues associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports and maritime operations in the six countries. In most cases, existing ports were built with limited if no zero planning and considerations of potential exacerbation of coastal erosion. The significant threat is that this shortcoming is also occurring in the design and construction of new ports. Find out more here

WACA Communications Network

The WACA Communications Network met in Dakar to craft together a regional communication strategy and action plan. Participants to the workshop were the communication specialists of the six WACA Project Implementation Units, the WACA Regional Integration Support Unit, and WACA partners. The draft strategy will be shared for consultations and validated later.
The workshop was also an opportunity to strengthen our community of practice and build capacity in ​​communication, coalition building, team management and results management.

Young bloggers and WACA
​The #Blog4Dev competition organized by the World Bank, is a way to engage Africa’s youth and provide a platform to share their views—and solutions—about development topics. The 2019 Winners have partnered with WACA to bring the dialogue on coastal issues to the youth. Here are their blogs.
Picture 1: Kenya, Mombasa,  by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE.
Picture 2: WACA
Picture 3: Vincent Tremeau/ World Bank
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