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Communities take climate action in the coasts of West Africa


Over 40% of West Africa’s GDP comes from the coastal areas, where almost one-third of the population lives. Unfortunately, coastal degradation is a serious threat for people and communities living in the region, as well as their livelihoods, safety and infrastructure.

These regional challenges are difficult, and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) is focused on solving the coastal challenges, and all problems that it exacerbates such as flooding and pollution. The program is led and implemented by the World Bank and co-financed by NDF since 2018.

“The ocean – which was our friend, the salt of our life – has become our enemy, eating away in its wake our houses, our lands and our wealth. WACA has reconciled us with the sea.” – Alexis Aquereburu, Mayor of Anétho from Togo.

The WACA program covers 17 countries in West Africa. Photo: The World Bank

Now, after gathering results of the program, the World Bank has published a series of impact stories about how the program has created positive change in Africa. The program continues to enhance the resilience of coastal communities, especially the role of women, and supporting the countries located in the coast to better manage their shared coastal resources.

Yaye Alimatou Guèye, a former fish seller from Mauritania started a smart-scale farming business of vegetable crops with the support of the program. She reflects on her journey since the program started: “I will forever be thankful to the WACA project for changing not only my life but also the lives of my fellow villagers. I hope more women in the community can benefit from the project’s invaluable support.”

Read the publications, which are co-financed by NDF and ProBlue:

Coastal protection

Regional integration

Cross-border investments: Togo & Benin

Building social resilience