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The Abidjan Convention Second Plenipotentiaries Meeting to Adopt New Protocols
Abidjan, 29 June 2019, the Convention on Co-operation for the protection, management and development.
The Abidjan Convention second plenipotentiaries meeting to adopt new Protocols to strengthen regional management of marine and coastal areas.
Abidjan, 29 June 2019, the Convention on Co-operation for the protection, management and development of the marine environment and coastal areas of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and South Africa Region known as The Abidjan Convention, in collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, was organized, the Second Conference of Plenipotentiaries of the Abidjan Convention from 1st to 4th July 2019.
This conference took place at ‘’La Maison de l’Entreprise’’, in Abidjan and brought together 22 ministers of environment or their representatives, experts and Abidjan Convention partners.
For over 6 years, the Abidjan Convention had accelerated the process of developing regional cooperation instruments including additional protocols on pollution from land-based sources and activities; environmental norms and standards for offshore oil and gas activities; integrated coastal zone management and sustainable mangrove management.
The objective of this meeting was to present the final version of the additional Protocols of the Abidjan Convention for the Parties signature and adopt the Integrated Ocean Management regional policy guidelines in the Abidjan Convention area. The conference was also an opportunity to discuss the protocols’ post-signature process to ensure proper transposition and implementation of these protocols at national levels.
Africa’s Atlantic coast is rich in natural resources, biodiversity and marine ecosystems – one of the richest and most productive in the world. For example, West Africa’s coastal zone is home to 105 million people out of the 367 million in the region and generates 56% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, many natural and human factors such as pollution, climate change or population growth threaten an important number of fragile ecosystems. The objective of these protocols is to provide Member States with regional cooperation instruments aiming at improving the management of coastal zones and the marine environment.
The plenipotentiary meeting was held for 4 days:
- Monday 1st July, a Bureau meeting of the Abidjan Convention was chaired by the Ivorian Ministry of Environment at the Abidjan Convention Headquarters.
- Tuesday 2nd July, the official opening ceremony took place, followed by the presentation, validation and signature of the protocols at ‘’La Maison de l’Entreprise.’’ The ceremony was followed by panels of discussion on ocean governance, the outcomes of marine and coastal resource conservation, and challenges of climate change and offshore activities.
- Wednesday 3rd July, was dedicated to the partners and focal points meeting.
- Thursday 4th July, a meeting was held on the presentation of Monitoring and Evaluation tools to the Focal Points.