By: Aissatou Niasse
Organisation: Directorate of Community-based Marine Protected Areas Senegal
02 July 2019
Summary: Participatory governance is a new experience developed by Senegal in the process of organizing, setting up and managing its network of marine protected areas. This approach allows Senegal to better implement its commitments in relation to international conventions that the country has ratified, such as the Convention on Biodiversity adopted in 1994, and to move from a regalian management model to a participatory process allowing it to transfer its powers to local authorities for the governance of their natural resources. It is an iterative and participatory process encouraged and supported by the State to enable local communities, which are the bearers of initiatives, to create and manage protected areas as a tool for the sustainable management of natural resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits.