Coastal degradation severely threatens West Africa’s people, communities, livelihoods, safety and infrastructure. The World Bank Group developed the WACA program in partnership with the West African people who live on the coast and depend on it for their livelihoods, nutrition, food security, and prosperity. The program will support countries’ effort to improve the management of their shared coastal resources and reduce the natural and man-made risks affecting coastal communities.  It will boost the transfer of knowledge, foster political dialogue among countries, and mobilize additional finance to tackle coastal erosion, flooding, pollution and climate change adaptation


Our experts seek to provide countries with access to technical expertise and finance to support sustainable development in the coastal zone, using management of coastal erosion as an entry point. Their goal is to boost the transfer of knowledge, foster political dialogue among countries, and mobilize additional finance to tackle coastal erosion, flooding, and climate change adaptation on the West African coast.

Ms. Maria Sarraf, a Lebanese national, is  the new Practice Manager for West Africa

Ms. Maria Sarraf
Practice Manager, Environment & Natural Resources

Peter Kristensen is a Lead Environmental Specialist in the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank Group

Peter Kristensen
WACA Program Coordinator

Salimata Follea is the Task Team Leader for WACA Benin

Salimata Follea
Project Team Leader WACA Benin

 Melissa C. Landesz is the Task Team Leader for WACA Cote d’Ivoire

Melissa C. Landesz
Project Team Leader WACA Cote d’Ivoire

Koffi Hounkpe is the Task Team Leader  for WACA Togo

Koffi Hounkpe
Project Team Leader WACA Togo

Nicolas Desramaut is the Task Team Leader for WACA Mauritania and Sao Tome and Principe

Nicolas Benjamin Claude Desramaut
Project Team Leader WACA Mauritania and Sao Tome and Principe

Medou is the Country Team Task Leader of the WACA ResIP Senegal.

Medou Lo
Project Team Leader Senegal

Sajid Anwar is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist for GFDRR’s Sustainable Recovery team, focusing on post-disaster rapid response

Sajid Anwar
WACA Knowledge Pillar Coordinator

Dr.Tall is one of the world experts on climate services, adaptation, resilience and community-based early warning systems, widely published

Arame Tall
WACA Knowledge Pillar Coordinator

Elikia is a private sector specialist in charge of facilitating the mobilization of private sector investments for the WACA program

Elikia Kamga Nenkam
Private Sector Specialist

Andrew is a senior specialist in sustainable transportation at the World Bank

Andrew Michael Losos
Marine Transportation Lead for WACA Program

Margaret Arnold is a Senior Social Development Specialist

Margaret Arnold
Senior Social Development Specialist

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