The 11th Conference of the Parties held in the South African city of Cape Town from 17th to 21st March, has unanimously adopted the decision d) COP 10/7 on the sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems in the geographical area of the Abidjan Convention.
The purpose is to encourage the transformation of the Charter for a sustainable management of mangrove resources signed in 2010 by the Gambia, Guinea -Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone into an additional Protocol to the Abidjan Convention, in accordance with Recommendation No. 2 adopted at the 7th regional and coastal marine forum held in Dakar from 25th to 29th November 2013.
The Conference suggested the Secretariat to develop an action plan in order to support the transformation of the Charter into a Protocol, in partnership with organizations dedicated to the sustainable management of mangroves such as Wetlands International, IUCN, WWF, Birdlife International and FIBA.
This position was argued and defended during the plenary session by Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania. A ministerial level, The Gambia came forward with the draft decision.
On Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, a consortium formed of Wetlands International Africa and IUCN - Senegal held a Side Event on the necessity of securing the Charter to the Abidjan Convention for the sustainable management of mangroves. All actors involved in the conservation of mangrove ecosystems were sensitized.
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Wetlands International Africa
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