As part of the process of disseminating the tools developed by the Resilience Twinning and provide training to MPA managers, a collaboration has been initiated with the Senegal national parks authority (DPN) and the Directorate of community marine protected areas (Direction des aires marines communautaires protégées, DAMCP). This collaboration aims in particular to apply the Resilience Self-Assessment (R-SAT) tool to assess the MPAs’ capacities in different contexts.

A first coaching session took place in December 2020 with a team from the National Park of the Madeleine Islands in Dakar. This MPA is the closest national park to the Senegalese capital and represents a showcase of the national marine conservation policy. It is visited daily by tourists and is situated in a location busy with passing fishing vessels and ships.

A second session was organised on the island of Gorée, a World Heritage Site for its role as the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast, in February 2021 with the team of this community marine protected area, the chief monitoring and evaluation officer of DAMCP, as well as various stakeholders (fishermen, environmental association, Gorée local authority and others). Sixteen people attended the meeting, which was hosted in the town hall and organised by the national authority. The tiny island of Gorée is a historic site that faces many threats due to its location close to the entrance to Dakar’s main port.

Sessions with other MPAs are scheduled until June 2021, as well as with the member MPAs of the West African regional MPA network (RAMPAO).

The topic of coastal resilience has gained a new impetus in Senegal, with a number of ongoing projects (on coastal legislation, an integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) strategy, MPAs and mangroves, etc.). The Government of Senegal has proposed an IUCN Resolution (on resilience), prepared with the contribution of this project’s Resilience Twinning and the support of 22 South African sponsors from 8 different IUCN geographical regions.

 

Before landing to Gorée Island. Credit: Ocean Governance

 

Resilience meeting. Credit: Ocean Governance