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30.4.2018 New project in West Africa will

New project in West Africa will boost resilience of coastal communities


Source:, 2018-04-13

The West African Coastal Areas (WACA) Resilience Investment Project, funded in part by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was approved this week by the World Bank Group Board. The regional project will help build the resilience of coastal communities in Benin, Cote dIvoire, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo through a $210 million financing package.

Led by West African governments, the WACA project will protect against coastal erosion through a range of activities, including fixing dunes, restoring wetlands and mangroves, replenishing beaches, and building seawalls and dikes. It will reduce flooding by rehabilitating lagoons and drainage systems, and by improving watershed management. It will also support pollution control through better treatment of marine litter, oil spills and industrial and municipal waste.

The WACA Resilience Investment Project is a collective response to the urgent need to address coastal degradation in a regional, integrated manner. It is an opportunity to strengthen the resilience of West Africas communities and transform their livelihoods, said Makhtar Diop, World Banks Vice President for the Africa Region.

About 42% of West Africas GDP is generated in coastal areas, where almost one-third of the population resides and communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of severe coastal erosion and frequent flooding.

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