West Africa has globally important coastal wetlands that are home to migratory seabirds, shorebirds, sea turtles, and mangroves, and which support national and local economies.

Accelerating urbanisation and development over in recent times has transformed the natural environment and impacts from infrastructure development include changes in water flows, degradation of nesting sites, and destruction of mangroves and aquatic ecosystems.

We aim to mitigate the impacts of coastal development and encourage an integrated management approach by:

  • developing management and zoning in support of coastal planning and national development plans, and conducting strategic environmental assessments
  • building stakeholder capacity and awareness
  • strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks
  • conducting advocacy on the values of coastal ecosystems
Female turtle (c) FMB


Our focus is on coastal wetlands in five countries, and in particular on:

  • mangroves sites in Senegal, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau
  • turtle nesting beaches in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau
  • seagrass beds in Mauritania


  • Abidjan Convention
  • IISD
  • IUCN
  • PRCM
  • Wetlands International

Focus on one of our partners

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

Euda Helena Miranda

Euda Helena Miranda

Instituto Nacional de Gestão do Território

First steering committee meeting

The first steering committee meeting took place in May 2018.
This was an opportunity for all partners involved to convene, and agree on the objectives and next steps.

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €830,000 annually to this Action Plan

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


Eve Cabo

Manager, West Africa

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