West Africa’s coastal wetlands support wetland birds migrating along the East Atlantic flyway and other species breeding locally on mangroves, islands and islets. As buffer zones between ocean and continental ecosystems, they are also critical for livelihoods.

Affected by overfishing, tourism, oil and gas, dams and infrastructure, migratory bird populations are decreasing.

We aim to minimise hunting, harvesting and human disturbance, stop habitat loss and restore priority sites by:

  • delivering applied ecosystem research and monitoring
  • conducting international and national lobbying and advocacy
  • strengthening public support and engagement
  • developing sustainable land and seascapes
  • supporting site protection
A. scirpaceus, Banc dArguin (c) Antonio Araujo


Our four priority sites are:

  • Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania and the Bijâgos archipelago in Guinea-Bissau
  • The deltas of rivers Senegal between Mauritania and Senegal
  • Sine-Saloum in Senegal


  • BirdLife International
  • Ciencias ULisboa
  • Direction des Parcs Nationaux - Senegal
  • IBAP
  • NIOZ
  • Parc National du Banc d'Arguin
  • Parc National du Diawling
  • PRCM
  • Universidad Aveiro Departamento de Biologia
  • University of Groningen
  • Wetlands International

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Jean Malack
(c) Jean Malack

Jean Malack

Saloum Delta National Park
"Now I am one of the rare people that knows how to navigate among the delta’s shoals. It doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night, I can find my way!”

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €1.1 million annually to this Action Plan, totalling €6.5 million to 2022

Additional co-funding is needed to ensure our partners’ work continues when our grant-making ends in 2022


Antonio Araujo

Manager, West Africa

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