The interconnected coastal and marine environment of the West African Countries is a highly productive ecosystem of significant marine biological diversity. It also underpins a significant portion of livelihood opportunities of the coastal communities, home to a third of its people and the source of about half of its GDP. However, several assessments based on country-specific National Communications to the UNFCCC, the second assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as GEF-funded projects such as the African Process, have concluded that widespread coastal erosion due to climate change is one of the most serious anticipated environmental problems facing the region
WE&B together with GlobalCAD has produced a set of 13 Factsheets for the World Bank West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program to target the civil society, public and private sectors to shine a light on the impacts of climate change at the coastal regions.
These were produced under the following themes:
- Preparing for, preventing and managing natural
- Preserving the coastal and marine environment (its functioning and integrity) to share space
- Developing West Africas Seas Sustainably
- Balancing Economic, Social, Cultural development whilst enhancing the environment