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 improve the knowledge on seagrass beds in West Africa and to strengthen their conservation and regulatory status by:

  • improving research and monitoring
  • building advocacy and awareness
  • strengthening the management and protection of sites
  • strengthening the partnership
Boavita, Cabo Verde (c) Nathalie Cadot


The countries concerned are Mauritania, Senegal, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.


  • GRID Arendal
  • ResilienSEA
  • Wetlands International Africa

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Budget 2020-2022

MAVA has allocated € 866 668 to this action plan

Total € 1 267 774

Ensured co-funding: € 401 106


Salla Ba

Manager, West Africa

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