PRISE 2: experts discuss an amendment to the Abidjan Conventio

As part of the implementation of PRISE 2 Action Plan, experts met in Saly, Senegal 25-26 April 2019 to consider amendments to the text of the Abidjan Convention.

Organised by the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention in partnership with the PRCM, the meeting enabled experts to reflect on how to revise the Convention in order to take account of the issue of coastal infrastructures which has so far not been sufficiently addressed in the series of national consultations conducted across West and Central Africa from July to October 2016.

For two days, participants from the sub-region as well as technical and financial partners reviewed several items on the agenda. Recalling the context in which a regional directive on infrastructures was developed, Mr. Richard DACOSTA, Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention, presented the outcome of all national consultations and the meetings of the Science and Technology Committee of the Abidjan Convention, which was discussed and adopted by Parties in March 2017 at their Twelfth Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Following him, Mr. Adrien COLY highlighted issues associated with the integrated management of the coastal area, including the transboundary deterministic relationships imposed by the river and delta basins shared by countries.

The Director of PRCM, Mr. Ahmed SENHOURY, made a presentation on the classification of infrastructures and their respective impact. He underscored that the West Africa coastline, for being particularly unstable as a result of the permanent remobilisation of sediments, was subject to flooding risks in several sectors. The meeting continued with other presentations and group work on the basis of which a roadmap was put together. It was proposed to set up a selected ad hoc group to draft the provisions that would be appended to the Abidjan Convention. The amended text would be adopted during the next Conference of Parties to the Abidjan Convention scheduled to take place in Abidjan in April 2020.