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For the past fifteen years, Wetlands International Africa (WIA) has been investing efforts and activities on the mainland to preserve biodiversity, develop sustainable water management, adaptation to climate change as well as fighting against poverty by improving the living conditions of local populations and the development of resilient communities.

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 As a matter of fact, Wetlands International Africa has experienced insightful changes in recent years. In addition to its original mission of wetland management, the organization valued conservation and restoration of ecosystems as priorities. Furthermore, WIA worked for years to promote the livelihood of people as emphasized in its Ecosystem Alliance programs and Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) program with other partners. The purpose is to encourage the development of more economically stable households for better management of issues related to the environment.

Several activities as regards conservation and restoration have been completed. For example, nearly 30 ha of mangroves were planted in the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. Furthermore, an important step was taken in Tenerife, in November, to change the Mangrove Charter into an Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of West and Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention) as a mean to achieve a greater level of efficiency in the coordination of mangrove forest conservation at regional level. . The Kenya office is now operational after its opening last year. Our presence in the East Africa region has been welcomed by the local population and has enabled us to work closely with partners in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
However, not everything turned green this year so far. 2012 was also a thorny year, especially for our office in Mali because of the political instability that beset the country. The crisis in the northern part of Mali slowed down field activities, especially in the area of Sévaré where operations have been stopped and staff evacuated for a few months. The resolve of our colleagues from Mali to pursue their duties in such harsh conditions is to be hailed.
Wetlands International Africa has a clear roadmap as a prospect. Hence our resolve to work to strengthen our approach in the Niger and Senegal River basins, particularly with the introduction of multi-stakeholder platforms for integrated and participatory management of ecosystems, besides our traditional partners.

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81


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