The Forum is structured around a main programme, technical side-sessions, cultural and recreational activities, and excursions.

Plenary sessions

The plenary sessions of the Forum include the opening and closing ceremonies, lectures based on key technical notes that will inform the various sessions, roundtables, and project presentations.

Opening Ceremony

This ceremony is both short and dynamic. In addition to the keynote speech that will be delivered by a high authority of the host country, the floor will be given to 2 or 3 high representatives of organisations for a direct dialogue with participants.

Through "Ted talks", these high-level speakers will highlight the major challenges of ocean governance, particularly in West Africa.


Leaders' Conferences

These plenary sessions will provide an opportunity to review current and emerging issues related to sustainable ocean management. The keynote presenters will include leading conservationists, renowned specialists and young leaders from different fields related to the theme of the forum: "The health of the oceans, a challenge for the sustainable development of West African coastal countries".

Talking projects or presentation of innovative projects

This session will allow the financial and technical partners present at the Forum to discover innovative projects which are underway or at the conception stage in the field of ocean management. These projects will be selected following a call for projects that will mainly target young people.

Following a brief and lively presentation of these initiatives, debates will take place and observations and recommendations will be made to improve the quality and relevance of the projects. The aim is to promote the initiatives of these young people and help them to mobilise technical and financial partnerships for their implementation.

After the various presentations and arguments, the selection committee will announce the selected winners.


Debate cafes

These will be one of the flagship activities of the forum. Conservation actors and participants gather around a table to discuss and share their knowledge, experiences and initiatives around the different sub-themes.

Side events

They will be organised in the form of learning sessions, technical workshops, and organisation fairs

The learning sessions, open to professionals, will enable them to provide training on a technique, a proven practice, a tool, etc. related to the conservation and management of the marine and coastal area.

The technical workshops are intended for conservation actors wishing to present a technical or scientific paper and/or share the results of an action or research, etc.

Organisation Fair sessions are sessions planned specifically for conservation organisations and coastal area actors wishing to present an initiative, share project results and/or launch a new tool, etc.