Journalists Sub-Regional training on Coastal, Marine Zone ends in Senegal

A four day Sub-regional training on coastal and marine zone for Journalists have recently ended in Saly in Senegal’s coastal city of Mbour. Jointly organised by the Coastal and Marine Area Conservation Partnership (PRCM) and Wetlands International Africa (WIA) and funded by MAVA Foundation, 27 media practitioners from Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Senegal participated in the training.

Dr Ahmed Senhoury, director of Coastal and Marine Area Conservation Partnership (PRCM) said the objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of journalists on issues of coastal and marine problems and to raise their awareness about the challenges and emerging threats facing the coastal and marine ecosystem. He said the training will equip the journalists to better report on coastal and marine issues in their respective countries, saying the West African coastal zone has experienced a more rapid development and it is one of the richest coastlines in which the ecosystem functions like a human being.

Pierre Campredon in his presentation on the coastal and marine zone said the impact of human activities on coastal and marine ecosystems is a reality, citing urban planning, fishing, agriculture and tourism as examples. Yahya Guèye, ecosystem and mangrove expert said there are about 60 mangrove species in the world and in Africa, it is located in five ecoregions and accounts for 19 % of the world’s mangroves. Colonel Abdoulaye Ndiaye, also presenting a case study on water bird, explained the phenomenon of bird migration. He stressed that migration is only mentioned when there is an idea of returning to the point of departure of the bird, saying during its journey, the bird needs transit points that must meet certain safety standards. Delating on the Abidjan Convention, Richard Dacosta said the Convention seeks to solve the problems related to the coastline from Mauritania to South Africa, noting that the entire Atlantic coastline has a length of over 14,000 km crossing three major marine ecosystems. He said this cooperation tool brings together 22 countries  all facing similar challenges and are obliged to work together to pool their strengths to tackle the problems.

Author: Momodou Faal