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New publication: Guidebook on Adaptation Options for Local Decision Makers

October 01, 2012

Through the implementation of the project on Coastal Adaptation in West Africa (ACCC), we have been able to document a large amount of experiences from coastal managers, scientists and engineers on the implementation of concrete adaptation techniques.

This publication is composed of 10 fact sheets summarizing national experts’ experiences from The Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal. It constitutes a true “toolbox”, reviewing options of adaptation to climate change in coastal areas. In a few pages, options to expand opportunities for stakeholders are presented. We hope the reader will find useful the practical advice ranging from solutions that involve the construction of structures to the implementation of principles for improved management of natural resources, mainly through non-structural options.

This guide is a collective work that provides local communities and their policymakers,  options, based on cost-effectiveness and human resources available, for the most appropriate techniques and lasting solutions to the impacts of climate change threatening the survival of your communities and the attractiveness of your coastal areas.

With a Forward by Ms Wendy Watson-Wrigtht, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, this publication (available in French, English and Portuguese) will be launched at the up coming seminar on Integrated Coastal Zones Manaagement held in Dakar on June 12 and 13.

Reference: IOC Manual and Guide N° 62, ICAM Dossier N°7