The Mami Wata project supports the development of technical capacity in the Abidjan Convention Member Countries to undertake Integrated Ocean Management (IOM). A key aspect of this capacity is the development of thematic toolkits to support three elements of Integrated Ocean Management: State of the Marine Environment Reporting (SoME), the identification of CBD Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).
These toolkits will be designed to provide practical guidance and relevant regional examples for the Abidjan Convention Member Countries. The toolkits will consist of guidance documents and practical tools to support these three thematic activities.
The guidance documents
The guidance documents are living documents that will evolve throughout the life of the project. Lessons learned through the implementation of the upcoming three Mami Wata pilot projects will be incorporated into these documents. The documents will also draw on other regional examples on the application of SoME, EBSA and MSP with the aim of making these as useful as possible to the countries of the Abidjan Convention Region.
Each guidance document consists of an overview of the thematic area, and then presents a stepwise guide to initiating, implementing and incorporating these processes into and Integrated Ocean Management framework. At each step, relevant regional examples will be used demonstrate how challenges have been addressed to provide relevant regional solutions.
At the upcoming Expert Working Group meeting in Sierra Leonne (middle of October 2017), the three working groups will participate in a writer’s workshop to add examples from their experience and prepare these guidance documents for broader release.
Through the application of the guidance documents in the pilot projects, they will be complemented by specific technical and process tools to form a toolkit. They will be reviewed in light of the experience gathered, and finalised for further uptake by Member Countries of the Abidjan Convention and shared through, for example, the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme.