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Adapting to climate change based on ecosystems - Ecosystem Alliance Partners meet in Cotonou to harmonize their positions


The Ecosystem Alliance has recently dwelt on the issue of ''Adaptation to ecosystem based climate change'' through a three-day workshop (10th to 12th December 2013) in Cotonou, capital of Benin. The workshop mobilized partners from Wetlands International, IUCN and Both Ends.

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Among many key issues of the Ecosystem Alliance workshop recently held in Cotonou, Benin, one can mention the objectives related to providing participants with basic concepts in terms of Climate Change Adaptation, based on Ecosystems and the instruments for its implementation, as well as the development of a structured Action Plan for its partners in Central and West Africa. The 72 hours gathering enabled representatives of Wetlands International Africa (WIA), IUCN and Both Ends, to mainly to harmonize the participants' understanding of the approach to climate change adaptation related to ecosystems but also, to map up concrete ideas to influence policy (local and regional) actions.

Yakhya Guéye, Project Associate at Wetlands International Africa, made ​​a presentation on ''EBA Approach at national and regional level'' screening the role of ecosystems and strategies for policy influence.

Work Groups were formed based on the members fitting to geographical watersheds. Therefore, the different actors reflected on issues related to the Senegal, the Niger Basin, the Congo Basin and the Mano River Basin.

Field visits were made to sites like Togba Daho and Togbin - Adounko to see a firsthand work done by women who manufacture salt with fuel wood, which is an accepted method.

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This workshop on ''Adaptation to ecosystem-based climate change'' gathered for three days Senegalese, Beninese, Togolese, Burkinabe, Cameroonian and Congolese Democratic Republic , who are all members of MFS II EA .


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