Seagrass beds play a significant ecological, economic and social role in West Africa. They provide food for fish, turtles, molluscs and crustaceans, contribute to water quality, store carbon, produce oxygen, and help regulate climate and protect the coastline. Despite this, they face multiple threats.
Our aim is to strengthen seagrass bed conservation and regulatory status by:
- improving scientific knowledge and understanding of spatial distribution of seagrass beds at national and regional levels
- building capacity for national and regional operational expertise
- communicating the economic and ecological value of seagrass beds
- advocating appropriate legal frameworks and management tools and approaches
The countries concerned are Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde.
These are countries where the presence of seagrass beds is already confirmed. With the exception of the Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania, knowledge of marine meadows is still rudimentary in the sub region
MAVA has allocated €480,000 annually
Additional co-funding is needed to ensure our partners’ work continues when our grant-making ends in 2022