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The development of West Africa’s coastal zone is causing environmental degradation with adverse consequences for biodiversity and coastal communities. To slow - or even reverse -this trend the FFEM is encouraging the emergence of innovative local initiatives.

The development of West Africa’s coastal zones is accelerating, driven by urbanisation, the plant and machinery industry, the tourism sector, transport, and the extractive industries.  In parallel, the fishing industry (particularly artisanal) is becoming less and less important to the national economies, even though it provides employment. These changes present numerous risks to biodiversity, and increase the vulnerability of coastal communities.

Led by the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa and supported by the FFEM, the RESILAO project aims to finance and develop small innovative local initiatives to reinforce the resilience of both ecosystems and societies.


The project has two components:

  • Guiding the emergence and implementation of integrated and innovative local projects for the conservation and restoration of coastal areas, for inclusive social development and for the promotion of a sustainable blue economy;
  • Supporting the capitalisation of projects and encouraging experience sharing between peers, together with the joint learning of best practices to consolidate the capabilities of local players and encourage them to develop diverse initiatives and implement them at various scales.
  • Reinforcing the effectiveness of initiatives for conservation and sustainable development on priority sites threatened by rapid changes.
  • Improving the socio-economic conditions and social cohesion of communities, through the sustainable enhancement of ecosystem services in this coastal area.
  • Bolstering the resilience of coastal areas through innovative solutions addressing recycling, local planning, protection, energy production, and water treatment and sanitation.
Exemplary and innovative characteristic

The FFEM is launching a new type of call for projects which allows cross-cutting themes to be addressed, by proposing integrated solutions to problems that bring together environmental, social and economic aspects.

This project is also one of the first in this geographical sector to be aligned to the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This signifies that it supports coastal conservation efforts beyond Marine Protected Areas and relies on regional partnership, with implementation at several scales.

This project encourages and supports initiatives that are pioneering because of the methods, tools and technologies deployed and their approaches to organisation, people involvement or financial engineering.

Project start date
Project end date
Project grant date
5 years
Duration of funding
Afrique de l'Ouest
Financing Tool
8 900 000 EUR
Amount of the program
2 600 000
Amount of FFEM funding
In progress
Institution responsible
World Bank
Blue Action Fund
MAVA Foundation for Nature