AfricaSaw - Alert network for the protection of the West African sawfishes


By: Armelle Jung

Organisation: Des Requins et des Hommes

Location: Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Published: 30 March 2016

Photo: Training Session with Sea Users © Cécile BRIGAUDEAU/DRDH2014

Summary: The solution allows for creating a rapid alert network in the event of sawfish captures, to harmonize and coordinate responses that aim at their protection in the West African sub-region. From village to village, along the coasts and up to the remotest ‘bolongs’ (salt-water channels) or islands, historic data on capture levels has been collected, fishers have been sensitized and representatives of the maritime sector have been trained.

To share the wealth of global knowledge on the  aspects of Integrated Ocean Management (IOM) with the 22 countries of the Abidjan Convention’s region, the Mami Wata project takes advantage of existing IOM solutions that have been successfully implemented already. The Blue Solutions presented here are part of and featured on the Marine and Coastal Solutions Portal on the PANORAMA platform. These solutions are being contributed by a broad range of providers from across the planet.