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West African Coastal Area Resilience Investment Project (WACA-RESIP) – Selection of a firm for the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of PAGIL

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CLIENT : WACA Project Coordination UnitPERIOD: September 2021 – In progress
FUNDING : World Bank


The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) and the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) off West Africa are two of the most productive marine and coastal ecosystems in the world. These ecosystems, with their wetlands and mangroves, are rich in fisheries resources and provide services related to fisheries, coastal protection, carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation.

However, phenomena of depletion of living resources and degradation of the coastal region in these large ecosystems are observed on a regional scale. To find concrete solutions to these threats observed in these coastal areas, regional actions have been developed by the member states (16 for GCLME and 7 for CCLME).

The West African Coastal Management Program (WACA) was established in response to requests from countries for World Bank assistance to help them manage their coastal zones in West Africa, particularly on coastal erosion and flooding issues. The program was presented at COP21, and is part of the $16 billion package included in the Africa Climate Business Plan. This commitment was reinforced at COP22, structuring the program as a financing tool for the implementation of coastal zone resilience activities.

WACA provides financial support to 06 countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal and Togo) for the implementation of national coastal policy actions, investments for green, grey or hybrid solutions, as well as regional interventions needed to sustainably manage West African coastal zones.

In Ivory Coast, to enable the objective of integrated and sustainable management of the coastline to be achieved, Law 2017 – 378 of June 02, 2017 on the Development, Protection and Integrated Management of the Coastline, provides (art.27) for the development of a Plan for the Development and Sustainable Management of the Ivorian Coastline in consultation with the territorial communities of the coastline, the private sector and civil society organizations.

Thus, the WACA-Côte d’Ivoire project will finance the development of the Ivorian Coastline Integrated Management Development Plan (PAGIL).

The mission entrusted to BPL and its partner AGRECO is to carry out the environmental and social-strategic evaluation of PAGIL. In a specific way, the activities to be carried out are as follows:

  • The description of the project and the analysis of the reference socio-environmental situation;
  • An analysis of legal and institutional frameworks;
  • An analysis of the residual impacts of PAGIL;
  • Organisation of public consultations
  • Preparation of EESS
  • The development of an Environmental and Social Management Framework Plan (PCGES).

The project coverage area is the Ivorian coastline, 566 kilometers long, covering an area of 23,253 km2 or 7% of the surface of Côte d’Ivoire.

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