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Mangrove conservation in Côte d’Ivoire: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) share a successful model in the village of Nega

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  In C te d Ivoire the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO celebrated in Niaga Sassandra department the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem through the Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa IFC WA Dr Yacoub Issola of the Abidjan Convention coordinator of the mangrove component of the IPC AO project took this important opportunity to invite all localities with mangroves in C te d Ivoire to follow the successful model of the Ni ga people Unlike other towns in Sassandra Niaga is one of the towns that has managed to preserve its mangroves in their natural state due to their uses and customs For this reason we have chosen this town to host the first edition of the International Conservation Day of the Mangrove Ecosystem to encourage and show our gratitude to the local population for their efforts to protect this unique special and fragile ecosystem he said Mr Lamine Coulibaly Prefect of the Gb kl region Prefect of the Sassandra department invited the women of the region to contribute to the preservation of the mangroves by putting an end to the use of the mangroves for smoking fish In order to encourage the people of Nega to continue their efforts to conserve the mangrove and keep the town clean they received from the ICP AO project a large batch of 132 item maintenance equipment consisting of wheelbarrows dustbins boots rakes machetes and shovels worth an estimated CFAF 3 500 000 The donation was presented in the presence of many administrative authorities including the departmental director of the Ministry of Water and Forests who oversees mangrove management In 2000 2020 mangrove forests increased by 2 7 2 at project sites in Senegal while they decreased by 10 in C te d Ivoire On the sidelines of this official celebration a workshop on the restitution of various mangrove studies carried out by the IPC AO project was organized in the conference room at Sassandra Landing in the presence of some forty stakeholders including artisanal fishermen and women processors These studies conducted over the period 2000 2020 revealed that mangrove forests increased by 2 72 in IPC AO project sites in Senegal while they decreased by 10 in C te d Ivoire The studies also listed the factors of destruction such as agriculture with the expansion of export plantations infrastructure construction roads ports urbanization and especially logging for various uses including smoking of fish products If nothing is done to protect them all mangrove areas will disappear and with them all the biodiversity they contain with their ecosystem functions goods and services that they provide to local populations to C te d Ivoire and to humanity he said Dr Issola warned Mangrove forests are typical ecosystems of tropical and subtropical areas These ecosystems are vital for the conservation of various animal and plant species and in the fight against coastal erosion and climate change However they are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world so steps are being taken to protect them The IPC AO project is funded by the Global Environment Facility GEF and is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program UNEP through the Abidjan Convention
Mangrove conservation in Côte d’Ivoire: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) share a successful model in the village of Nega

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In Côte d’Ivoire, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrated in Niaga, Sassandra department, the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem through the Coastal Fisheries Initiative in West Africa (IFC-WA).

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Dr. Yacoub Issola of the Abidjan Convention, coordinator of the mangrove component of the IPC-AO project, took this important opportunity to invite all localities with mangroves in Côte d’Ivoire to follow the successful model of the Niéga people.

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“Unlike other towns in Sassandra, Niaga is one of the towns that has managed to preserve its mangroves in their natural state due to their uses and customs.

For this reason, we have chosen this town to host the first edition of the International Conservation Day. of the Mangrove Ecosystem to encourage and show our gratitude to the local population for their efforts to protect this unique, special and fragile ecosystem”, he said.

Mr. Lamine Coulibaly, Prefect of the Gbôklè region, Prefect of the Sassandra department, invited the women of the region to contribute to the preservation of the mangroves by putting an end to the use of the mangroves for smoking fish.In order to encourage the people of Nega to continue their efforts to conserve the mangrove and keep the town clean, they received from the ICP-AO project, a large batch of 132-item maintenance equipment consisting of wheelbarrows, dustbins, boots, rakes, machetes and shovels worth an estimated CFAF 3,500,000.

The donation was presented in the presence of many administrative authorities, including the departmental director of the Ministry of Water and Forests, who oversees mangrove management In 2000-2020, mangrove forests increased by 2.7 2% at project sites in Senegal, while they decreased by 10% in Côte d’Ivoire.

On the sidelines of this official celebration, a workshop on the restitution of various mangrove studies carried out by the IPC-AO project was organized in the conference room at Sassandra Landing in the presence of some forty stakeholders, including artisanal fishermen and women.

processors These studies, conducted over the period 2000-2020, revealed that mangrove forests increased by 2.72% in IPC-AO project sites in Senegal, while they decreased by 10% in Côte d’Ivoire.

The studies also listed the factors of destruction such as agriculture with the expansion of export plantations, infrastructure construction (roads, ports), urbanization, and especially logging for various uses, including smoking of fish products.

“If nothing is done to protect them, all mangrove areas will disappear, and with them all the biodiversity they contain with their ecosystem functions, goods and services that they provide to local populations, to Côte d’Ivoire and to humanity,” he said.

Dr. Issola warned.

Mangrove forests are typical ecosystems of tropical and subtropical areas.

These ecosystems are vital for the conservation of various animal and plant species and in the fight against coastal erosion and climate change.

However, they are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world, so steps are being taken to protect them.

The IPC-AO project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) through the Abidjan Convention.

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