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Dear Partners,

On behalf of the WACA Team, I wish you good health and prosperity in 2020.

As Simeon Ehui writes in his blog, tackling flooding and coastal erosion requires a mosaic of interventions to reduce risk, protect ecosystems, and improve infrastructure in order to build resilient livelihoods. If in doubt of the relevance of what we are doing with the WACA program, do watch again Dovi’s Story and see the human face of coastal degradation.
Thank you for your support in 2019. Some highlights were the revelation of that costal degradation cost 5.5% of the GDP of four countries, the ministerial ratification of new Abidjan Convention Protocols on coastal management, the commitment of the private sector to become part of the solution, and finally the WACA Marketplace which linked national planning to pitching ideas to financiers.

We also advanced the technical work on the compendium to be expanded with nature-based solutions, information and data systems, all of which will contribute to the 2020 State of the Coast, which summarize the  status of issues and actions for coastal resilience in West Africa. The Interim Technical Advisory Committee (iTAC) was established to review technical products that guide interventions. Similarly, France, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Japan, and Korea, are ready to mobilize experts to facilitate access to solutions.
The regional organizations are doing their part for coastal resilience, which is critical in ensuring regional integration. Partners are expressing appreciation in collaborating with WACA and are formalizing their support. African youth bloggers are working with WACA to champion coastal resilience. We have launched the Local Action and Citizen Engagement initiative to mobilize communities’ capacities to protect the coast.

In 2020, we will deepen our engagement with partners to accelerate mobilization of finances and expand access to knowledge partners. We will also give the nature-based solutions a push by looking at the economics of mangroves and ensuring complementarity across the different initiatives. We look forward to joining events already planned by countries and regional organizations and hope that we can reduce the carbon foot print and increase participation by making the discussions accessible virtually.
Again, thank you to everyone who played a role (or many!) in one way or another to bring about these accomplishments. I look forward to continuing this important work together in 2020!
WACA Program Team Leader


In east and southern Africa, 2019 will be remembered as a year of extreme weather events. Between October and November, rainfall that was 300% above the average, caused massive flooding and landslides, affecting 2.8 million people. In Mozambique, damages and losses from two consecutive cyclones amounted to $3 billion with recovery and reconstruction costs of $3.4 billion Read full blog by Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa here
For many people living in West Africa, the beach and other coastal environments are much more than fond memories and family vacations. More than just a place they call home, many West African communities depend on beaches, mangrove forests, sandy dunes, and other coastal habitats and their unique resources for their livelihoods, food, cultural heritage, and in many cases for natural protection from flooding and erosion.
Read full blog by Sajid Anwar, Environmental Specialist here 

This first Marketplace saw multiple financial and technical organizations actively responding to the pitches and requests for technical assistance. The electronic version of the “WACA Marketplace Pitchbook” will be made available on this website soon. Donor partners like the Nordic Development Fund are keen on the WACA approach and on the prospects of cross learning, including on private sector and the Africa Guarantee Fund. Read Full Blog here.
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