This important book focusses on some of the world’s most valuable coastal and marine ecosystems, which are found in the West African Marine Ecoregion and are being threatened by a range of factors,notably fishing, land-based pollution, coastal development, dam building in river basins, tourism, climate change and, more recently, by renewed interest on the part of the oil and gas industry. Virtually the whole coastal and marine zones – including hotspots of biodiversity, key fishing grounds and
important tourism areas – have been divided into blocks for oil and gas exploration. Many companies are looking for oil and gas and one consortium is already producing.
WWF, the global environmental organisation, in partnership with key stakeholders in West Africa, has developed and is currently implementing the West African Marine Ecoregion (WAMER) Conservation Strategy, which seeks to ensure the sustainable management of marine resources throughout the ecoregion.WAMER’s objective is to have a healthy marine and coastal environment that provides sustainable benefits for present and future generations. Capacity building, of which this book is a part, forms an important component of the programme.