News & Events

Coastal Resilience at COP26

West Africa’s coast is already at a tipping point and new risks brought by climate change.

WACA Goes Hybrid at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille
Marseille, France |

This year’s edition attracted over 9,000 participants and drew significant political attention.

The Great Green Wall and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management (WACA) Programmes Case Study
Washington DC |

Africa Case Study: The Great Green Wall and The WACA Program, by Maria Sarraf.

Marie Suzanne Traore Response on How to Invest in the Conservation of MPAs for Better Community Resilience
Marseille |

Marie suzanne traore response on how to invest in the conservation of MPAs for better community.

Benin and Togo: Combating Coastal Erosion Through Physical Investments

The World Bank has approved $36 million in additional financing.

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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