The coastal areas of the West African region face some major challenges in adapting to the changing climatic conditions. The coastal zone is responsible for a large part of the region's economic activities and changing coastal dynamics are already threatening societal and economic interests. Coastal challenges have been noted at a number of Pan-African Ministerial conferences and action has recently been taken to develop a closer regional collaboration with the establishment of the coastal coordination mechanism, the "West African Coastal Observation Mission (WACOM)". Currently, 11 West African countries are part of the mechanism, including Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin. The WACOM aims to coordinate and implement regional coastal hazard management activities to ensure a sustainable coastal development and timely adaptation to climate change.
Requested CTCN Response
• Establishment of a regional coastal classification, hazard management and standardized communication scheme utilizing the Coastal Hazard Wheel
• Assistance in liaising with international financial institutions and donor countries for subsequent implementation and scale up of management measures
• Informed and consistent system for managing key coastal hazards
• Improved regional coastal coordination and decision-base for national and regional adaption activities
• Continued improvements in the data system and facilitation of data exchange with scientists, international organizations and the wider global community