The planning workshop for the Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa ran from 16 to 20 November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was attended by 25 participants drawn internationally from UN-Habitat, the Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, wetlands experts and National Focal Points from the ten countries involved.
During the meeting there were a series of presentations on wetlands in the urban context, an overview of urban development in Africa, a prospect on wetlands and health links, and presentations of a few case studies.
A working session was conducted using presentations and subsequent plenary discussions. The Secretariat used the outcomes of the session to provide a roadmap defining the steps from Project Concept to Project Document. Overall the participants and the organisers considered that the workshop was extremely beneficial and represented an essential element in finalising the development of the Project. The workshop highlighted several key issues related to the future implementation of the Project. The full report is available here [PDF].
Senior Regional Advisor for Africa
Ramsar Convention Secretariat