Driven by urbanisation, the machinery and equipment sectors, tourism, transport and the extractive industries, there has been intense development along the West African coastal areas. As a result, the environment is being degraded, with adverse consequences for biodiversity and coastal communities alike. To slow this trend, the FFEM is co-financing the RESILAO project, set up by the PRCM to develop small-scale innovative local initiatives to build resilience into ecosystems and societies.
The next 5 years, this partnership will focus on innovative local coastal area restoration projects and the promotion of a sustainable blue economy. Ultimately, this sustainable enhancement of coastal ecosystems will improve socio-economic conditions and the social cohesion in local communities. The West African coasts will benefit from increased resilience in the face of growing climatic disturbances.