Published by Webmaster Togo 21 Feb. 2019
Lomé (© 2019 Afriquinfos) – Seven African and European countries are taking part in the third multi-stakeholder symposium in Africa on the rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove ecosystems.
The meeting, which is being held in Togo’s capital, Lomé, is focusing on the “sustainable management of natural resources in mangrove ecosystems”. The four-day symposium, which began on Tuesday, brings together researchers and civil society organisations from Benin, Madagascar, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, France and Belgium.
The Lomé symposium is a forum for academics and civil society in the countries concerned to share knowledge and expertise in an effort to identify common actions for mangrove development.
It follows the previous symposia held in Senegal and Madagascar as part of the “Mangrove University Expertise (EU-M)” project, which received €187,000 in funding over a period of fifteen months from Belgium’s Walloon Region, with the support of the Walloon Air and Climate Agency (AWAC).
The meeting builds on the WACA subregional project on coastal resilience in West Africa involving six countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal and Togo) and aims to stabilise coastal erosion and restore mangrove patches.