News & Events

Togo's coastal resilience: the WACA ResIP project brings new life to a sea-sunken soccer pitch in Aného

Sports activities organized on the soccer pitch previously swallowed up by the sea in Aného.

Eight broadcasts in 2023 : A satisfactory assessment of WACA Togo's radio du littoral.

WACA Togo held a press conference at their headquarters, attended by journalists.

Togo: World Bank acknowledges WACA ResIP's protection and sustainable development efforts

World Bank managers paid a visit to assess the work on the Agbodrafo- Grand Popo cross-border.

Senegal: International Waterbird Census (IWC), 2024 edition

Senegal's National Parks Directorate (DPN) applauded WACA's participation.

World Bank support mission to Grand-Lahou: coastal erosion stabilization works assessed

Photo of a delegation from the World Bank, led by UCP WACA, visiting Lahou-Kpanda in the Grand-Lahou.

Key Facts & Figures

  • 56%

    Coastline in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo subject to an average erosion of 1.8 m per year

  • US$1.4 billion

    Cost of air, water and waste pollution cost in 2017 to Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo

  • 13,000 deaths

    Occur in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo primarily due to floods, air and water in 2017

  • $3.8 billion

    The cost of erosion, flooding and pollution cost to Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Togo

  • 56% GDP

    Generated by West Africa Coastal Areas

COASTAL CHALLENGES IN WEST AFRICA

 

Coastal erosion and flooding in West Africa severely threaten people’s communities, livelihoods, safety and investments. About 56% of West Africa’s GDP is generated in coastal provinces, where one-third of the population resides. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations. Some beaches are deeply mined for sand, protective mangroves are deforested, and people are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Some residents have no choice but to move away—a trend that is breaking up communities and changing the social fabric for future generations.

Rapid and often unplanned urbanization has devastated the natural landscape that once served as a buffer for erosion and flooding. These developments disproportionately affect the poorest and most marginalized, and will intensify due to climate change. While countries have started to contain erosion and flooding, there is an urgent need for partners to mobilize financing through coordinated regional action. Collaboration at the policy and technical levels helps countries to manage erosion hotspots, and to maintain the livelihoods that a healthy coastal ecosystem provides to people and economies.

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