Project Summary

Project Title:, Marine resources management Governance and poverty alleviation in WAMER Ecoregion (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.)

The ecoregion WAMER, spans over 3,700 km of coastline. The upwelling and the contribution of rivers and estuaries enrich the waters of this ecoregion and make it one of the richest fishing areas in the world. This natural wealth of the ecoregion, combined with the poor performance of agricultural sector, attracted towards the coast much of the population of the ecoregion. Thus over 60% of the population of the ecoregion (over 21 million) live on the coast.


MAP  of WAMER ecoregion

 - The major challengesthat arise in the management and conservation of marine and coastal living in the ecoregion, the fight against poverty and the pursuit of food security are:

- The fisheries crisis due to overexploitation and degradation of marine and coastal environment

- Policy failures of weak public and private institutions that combine painfully in a context of scarce resources;

- Lack of coherence between the different sectors of the economies which has sometimes negative impacts on food security initiatives and poverty reduction;

- Illegal fishing exerted by domestic vessels, sub-regional and distant fishing fleets (especially Europe and Asia;

- The weak capacity of civil society; therefore the impact of their actions is still far below its real potential;

- The threats such as degradation and loss of biodiversity to the fight against poverty in the ecoregion where the local populations are are highly dependent on marine and coastal resources;

- Difficulties in ensuring food security and achieving the MDGs as a result of degradation of marine and coastal resources (especially fisheries);

- The network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) established in the ecoregion WAMER to replenish fish stocks and conserve marine and coastal biodiversity are facing problems related to inadequate funding, lack of well trained human resources and equipment;

- Low environmental and socio-economic benefits from these MPAs for  local people, despite the  very high potential

To addressthese challenges, UNDP, WWF WAMPO and APTE have developed this project that focuses on governance, marine resources management policy and poverty reduction in WAMER Ecoregion. This four –year  has project a total budget of 10.5 million euros, including a 500 000 Euros co-financing from UNDP and WWF WAMPO.
The overall objective of this project is to contribute to reducing poverty and enhancing food security for the benefit of coastal communities in the WAMER ecoregion. The specific objective is to improve governance and promote the adoption of best practices for sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the WAMER ecoregion.

To achieve this specific objective, the following outcomes were identified:



Results 1.A sub-regional action plan to reduce and / or eliminate the negative impacts of modes of governance and marine and coastal resources management policies is developed and implemented

-At least 50% of the measures identified in action plan are implemented

Result 2. Tools and initiatives for sustainable marine and coastal resources management in the WAMER ecoregion are implemented

-At least 4 tools / initiatives for sustainable management of coastal and marine resources are in place before the end of the project

Result 3. The capacity to influence policy by Civil Society (NGOs, professional organizations, networks of journalists) and parliamentarians active in the fishing and the environment sector are reinforced

-At least 5 measurements and / or policies that support good governance and poverty reduction identified by the project have been adopted as priorities through the actions of civil society andparliamentarians working in fisheries and the environment  sectors before completion of the project

Result 4. income-generating activities and / or environmentally friendly livelihoods initiatives are supported

-At least 60% of the direct beneficiaries of income-generating activities are women or young people at the end of the project

Asan implementing agency, UNDP is responsible to the EU, for the technical and financial management of the project. Therefore, it ensures compliance with contractual commitments to technical and financial requirements

UNDP will play a leading role in coordinating the project at regional level. For the multiple support it gives to governments in the subregion, UNDP has established relationships and a privileged partnership with countries and the technical directorates concerned by this project.  This will facilitate the establishment of coordination frameworks both  for the actions of the project itself, but also between the project and other initiatives in eco-region. This task of regional coordination will be made ​​easy by the fact that UNDP has a presence in virtually all countries involved in the project and acts as the executing agency for projects under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Africa West. . UNDP will provide expertise in the implementation of activities related to food security.

The implementationof the project will involve civil society organizations (WWF and the NGO - Sanitation, Fisheries, Tourism and Environment - APTE) and National Implementation Teams in each country (described below). An agreement will be signed between UNDP and WWF. WWF in turn, will sign protocols with A¨PTE and the National Implementation  Teams (ENM) Project. A Project Coordination Unit will be established (UC). The UC will be headed by a regional coordinator supported by Programme Officers, a Chief Financial Officer and support staff.

At the subregional level, the different partners PRCM (IUCN, Wetlands International, International Foundation for the Banc d'Arguin, ... CSRP), according to their comparative advantages, will be involved in the implementation of activities through specific conventions and protocols. There will be close collaboration with UEMOA, ECOWAS and the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC).

The projectwill have a Steering Committee responsible for defining and / or approving the broad strategic orientations of the project and validating the Annual Work Plans (AWP) and related yearly budget and the technical and financial reports.

Communication andvisibility of the project will be framed around a communication plan well coupled to field activities to be developed early in the project. Performance monitoring will be done at two levels: the overall project management and at the technical implementation of the project (outputs and activities).

A propos

Couvrant six pays le Cap-Vert, la Gambie, la Guinée, la Guinée-Bissau,la Mauritanie et le Sénégal, le programme Go-WAMER a pour objectif premier de contribuer à la réduction de la pauvreté et au renforcement de la sécurité alimentaire des communautés côtières de l’écorégion WAMER.  

Dans cette optique, le Programme s'est efforcé d'améliorer la gouvernance et de promouvoir les bonnes pratiques en matière d'utilisation durable des ressources marines et côtières au sein de l’écorégion WAMER.



Coordination régionale du Programme Go-WAMER
M. Arnaud COMOLET / Coordonnateur régional
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