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Management of mangrove forests
from Senegal to Benin

"PAPBio C1-Mangroves"

The project aims to achieve integrated protection of biodiversity and fragile mangrove ecosystems in West Africa and their enhanced resilience to climatic changes.

With the support of the European Union 

Funding: European Union

  • Leading institution: International Union for the Conservation of the Nature (IUCN)
  • Co-applicants: Wetlands International Africa and the Collectif 5Deltas (represented by Eclosio)

Duration: 47 months
Starting date: July 16th, 2019
Amount: 9,900,000 euros (including 10% co-financing)
Countries of intervention: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Benin


The overall objective of the project is to achieve integrated protection of mangrove diversity and fragile ecosystems in West Africa and their enhanced resilience to climate change.
The specific objective of the project is to strengthen the management of protected areas and other mangrove sites. The aim is to link governance and production systems with mangrove conservation structures at the territorial level.

The project will mainly operate on two principles: direct implementation of the activities by the co-applicants for the most technical and national/ regional activities; and the implementation of activities at the local level by NGOs, associations and partners after submitting proposals for grants for field-based activities.


  • Result 1. Socio-economic and sectoral activities are coordinated in an integrated way in the landscapes;
  • Result 2. Effective protected area management systems are developed and operational;
  • Result 3. Coastal populations benefit sustainably from protected areas and are more resilient to climate change

Grand Saloum (Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve in Senegal and Niumi Park in The Gambia)
Leader: Wetlands International Africa


Rios do Sul (Casamance, Guinea-Bissau and Tristao)
Leader: Collective 5Deltas (represented by Eclosio)


Grand Mano (Yawri bay, Sherbro - Turtle islands in Sierra Leone and Lake Piso in Liberia)
Leader: Wetlands International Africa


Mono-Volta (Songor Lagoon and Anlo-Keta Lagoons in Ghana, Roy Mouth in Benin and Mono Delta Biosphere Reserve in Benin and Togo)
Leader: IUCN


The objective of the grant funds is to mobilize the actors in identified landscapes for the protection, restoration and enhancement of mangrove sites so as to sustain the functions and services they provide. It will increase the resilience of communities who depend on it, particularly when facing the impacts of climate change.

  • Supporting research and monitoring activities in the fields of ecology, biology and sociology applied to biology and natural resources
  • Strengthen surveillance, monitoring and enforcement capabilities
  • Create, expand or restore protected areas and promote their legal and ecological integration within landscapes
  • Promote and support the implementation of natural resources based value added activites
  • Strengthen the management capacity and empowerment of associations, user groups, local NGOs


Projects will be eligible for a maximum of 24 months.


IUCN-Central and West Africa Program (PACO) / Marine andCoastal Program
Regional office
Lot 58, Rue MZ 77, Mermoz Dakar, Sénégal
Tel.: +221 33 820 03 27
Email: bara.top@iucn.org

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