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30 million € to protect West Africa’s coasts and seas

01-Jun-2003

Coalition launches EUR 30 million Strategy to protect West Africa's coasts and seas: Six West-African countries and fifty conservation, research and development organisations have agreed to work together on marine and coastal conservation at a high-level conference in Dakar, Senegal on 13 June.

Ten Ministers of Environment and Fisheries from Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal approved the new ‘Regional Strategy for Marine Protected Areas in West Africa’, which will lead to a wide array of actions at a cost of EUR30 million over five years. “Our regional marine biodiversity is extremely threatened, particularly so given the current overexploitation of our fisheries. This Strategy will allow everyone in the region to address this issue and implement urgently-needed remedial measures”, said HE Ahmedou Ould Ahmedou, Minister of Fisheries for Mauritania and current President of the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC).

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