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AU-IBAR support transboundary management for sustainable development in the Gulf of Guinea

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AU-IBAR support transboundary management for sustainable development in the Gulf of Guinea

Léonce Aissoun
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The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) recently undertook a mission to Benin and Togo to promote transboundary management of marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Guinea. This initiative, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), aims to foster sustainable socioeconomic development through responsible use of marine resources.

This AU-IBAR mission falls within the framework of the project “Conservation of Aquatic Biodiversity under the African Blue Economy Strategy.” In collaboration with partners such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Abidjan Convention, and the West Africa Coastal Area Management Program (WACA) funded by the World Bank, AU-IBAR seeks to assess the use of marine spatial planning as a management tool for preserving aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems.

The main objective of this mission was to jointly validate a report on the state of the transboundary marine environment between Benin and Togo. This joint validation demonstrates the commitment of both countries to sustainable management of coastal and marine resources along their shared maritime border. Representatives from the governments of Benin and Togo, as well as members of the Abidjan Convention, expressed their support and commitment to this transboundary marine management process.

The validation of this report represents a crucial step towards establishing transboundary marine spatial planning between Benin and Togo. This initiative will enhance the conservation of aquatic biodiversity and environmental protection in the Gulf of Guinea. By focusing on regional collaboration and marine spatial planning, AU-IBAR aims to encourage other regions to harmonize their efforts in conserving and managing shared marine ecosystems.

Transboundary management of marine ecosystems is of paramount importance in ensuring sustainable socioeconomic development in the Gulf of Guinea. Through this mission, AU-IBAR demonstrates its commitment to regional cooperation and responsible use of marine resources. By promoting a thriving blue economy, this initiative will contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems and the prosperity of coastal communities in the region.


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