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Suivi des risques côtiers et solutions douces au Bénin, Sénégal et Togo
The “Soft Solutions and Coastal Risk Monitoring in Benin, Senegal and Togo” project implemented by the Dakar Center for Ecological Monitoring (CSE) combines targeted capacity building for key actors in coastal risk management in Benin, Senegal and Togo with demonstrative field activities, and the implementation of soft solutions on pilot sites in these three countries.

The shoreline retreat on a number of West African coasts is caused by various natural factors related to climate change, but also human factors. 
The eleven WAEMU countries are aware of the increasing impact of costal risks. In 2011, they stated their determination to pool their resources in order to create a West African Coastal Observation Mission (MOLOA), whose regional coordination is handled by the Dakar-based Center for Ecological Monitoring (CSE). This project is part of the WACA (West Africa Coastal Areas) regional technical assistance program for the sustainable development of the West African coast to combat coastal erosion and flooding, supported by the World Bank.


The project is based on four components:

  • Support for the operation of MOLOA, its partners, and strengthening of its resources.
  • Production of data related to understanding coastal risks and building the capacities of MOLOA, its partners and governance bodies.
  • Pilot actions for adaptation and the reduction of coastal risks (soft methods).
  • Communication, capitalization and scientific exchanges.
  • Consolidate a shared governance of coastal areas, by strengthening the regional mechanism and national mechanisms for the observation of West African coasts, which provide reliable and updated data on the state of the coastal fringe and the pressure it is subject to;
  • Safeguard ecosystems and reduce the artificialization of the coast, by identifying and promoting the contribution made by protected areas and natural areas to the resilience of West African coasts;
  • Improve knowledge of environments and pressure and monitoring systems, by conducting specific studies and strengthening the system set up by MOLOA;
  • Improve the resilience of territories to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change, by implementing soft pilot coastal protection solutions. 
Project start date
Project end date
Project grant date
4 ans
Duration of funding
financing tool
10 216 643 EUR
Amount of the program
1 277 000
Amount of FFEM funding
In progress
Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) de Dakar
Agence Française de Développement
Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Institution responsible

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