The 11th edition of the Regional Coastal and Marine Forum will be held from April 22 to 27, 2024 at the Dunia Hotel in Guinea-Bissau Republic under the theme: “Conservation, resilience and sustainable development of the West African coastline facing global changes”.

An exceptional opportunity for high-level conservation stakeholders to share their experiences, the Forum will bring together national and intergovernmental institutions, scientific institutions, national and international NGOs, socio-professional organizations, the private sector (fishing, tourism, hydrocarbons, etc.) and technical and financial partners involved in coastal and marine zone management in the sub-region (Mauritania, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone).

Launched in 2004, the Regional Coastal and Marine Forum is the PRCM initiative, which has organized 10 editions to date. This important meeting provides a platform for bringing together stakeholders in the West African coastal and marine zone, and federating their actions around the conservation challenges and sustainable development of this coastline. It’s a unique opportunity for organizations to share experiences and perspectives from their projects. It’s also an occasion to strengthen their links with other partners and to access to a high-level network of donors and decision-makers.

This present edition is being held in a context during which the signing on June 19, 2023 of an international treaty to protect biodiversity on deep seas, and the choice of PRCM member Senegal to host the 6th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC6) in 2027, for the first time in Africa. The 11th Forum is thus positioned as a meeting to initiate actions and reflections that will catalyse the commitment of West African countries and communities to the sustainable conservation of marine and coastal resources on a global scale.