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Building on previous work already done in the region, notably the mapping of mangroves, this project would also investigate other information gaps, such as the science and policy needs related to Blue Carbon and other ecosystem services. This report will allow us to create opportunities with interested partners for Blue Carbon projects in areas that are highly suitable. The goal is to determine what concrete actions are needed to ensure that countries can best support the conservation and sustainable use of Blue Carbon ecosystems and the securing of critical ecosystem services in the West Africa region.

The report will allow the Abidjan Convention Secretariat to evaluate the feasibility of blue carbon projects in the region and decide where projects might be easily started or included into on-going efforts. The Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (Abidjan Convention in short), covers a marine area from Mauritania to South Africa, a coastline of just over 14,000 km.

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