Nouakchott, Mauritania - Six West African governments have set their signature on a document to commit them to the protection of the sub-region’s mangroves on June 30th. This Mangrove Charter also features country-specific Action Plans in which detailed activities are described to be undertaken by the same governments. The signing is a breakthrough realized by three years of work by nature organizations Wetlands International and IUCN.
The Minister of Environment of the Mauritanian presided the ceremony of the signing of the Charter with his peers, The Gambian and Guinea Bissau Ministers of Environment as well as Secretary General representing the Minister of Senegal and Guinea. The Civil societies were represented by the Wetlands International, MAVA, UICN and PRCM.
About the Mangrove Initiative (IMAO). The West African project (IMAO) a 3 years project was to identify ways and means to mitigate the mangrove degradation in the PRCM space. IMAO developed demonstration project based on reforestation, the popularization of best practice development for improved income for the communities as well as the organisation of wide consultations for a regional Charter and action plans for concerted and sustainable management.
The results of the project allow to hope for a reversal of this negative trend. The second phase was to work towards harmonization of national policies through membership of the regional Charter management and documenting large scale restoration/conservation and wise use of resources of this ecosystem practices.
Other West African countries that have mangroves in common and are interested by the Charter may join later. This could facilitate large-scale restoration/conservation and wise use of this vital ecosystem resources.
For more information, go to www.afrique.wetlands.org/mangroves
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