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Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity

Opening Ceremony

Background

The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) is ranked among the most productive coastal and offshore waters in the world. It is an important reservoir of marine biological diversity of global significance. The densely populated coastal region is heavily dependent upon the biological resources of the GCLME. Approximately 40% of the region’s 300 million people live in coastal areas, many of whom are dependent on the lagoons, estuaries, creeks and inshore waters surrounding them for their livelihood and food security.

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TL-R : Mrs Edor Thérèse from Togo, Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chairman, Hon. Daniel Dugan, Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Ghana, Prof. Chidi Ibe, Executive Secretary, IGCC / Regional Director, GCLME and Mr. Jonathan Allotey, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana The Workshop of the Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity (26 February - 02 March, 2007) was officially opened on 26 February, 2007 by Hon. Daniel Dugan, Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Ghana, in presence of Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chairman, Prof. Chidi Ibe, Executive Secretary, IGCC / Regional Director, GCLME, Mr. Jonathan Allotey, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana and Mrs Edor Thérèse from Togo.

The coastal and marine resources of the GCLME are threatened by the destruction of essential habitats, pollution, over exploitation and introduction of exotic species through maritime transportation, among others.

Early action in the GCLME is critical to mitigating these transboundary threats to biodiversity. There is therefore the need to advance policies and actions for eliminating causes of transboundary environmental and resource-use practices that result in the degradation of the coastal and marine environments, linked watersheds and losses in biodiversity.

The Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity, 26 February to 02 March, was held as part of regional activities of the GCLME Project, to develop appropriate strategies for the protection and / or conservation of the region’s biodiversity.

Objectives

Experts of the Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity were expected to:

  1. Improve their National Biodiversity Action Plans by considering:

  2. - Multiple conflicting uses of the coastal zones.

    - Impacts of activities on marine and coastal biodiversity.

    - Institutional arrangements.

    - Legal framework.

    - Indicators of biodiversity recovery.

    - Actions for management and conservation.

  3. Update the Regional Biodiversity Action Plan.
  4. Agree on the nature and kind of museum collections for display.

Participants

Participants at the Meeting were National Experts identified as members of the GCLME Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity. Prof Alfred Oteng- Yeboah, GCLME Regional Consultant on Biodiversity and Chairman for the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee served as Workshop Director. He was assisted by Prof. Kojo Armah (Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of Ghana) and Dr. Wadja Mathieu Egnankou (University of Cocody, Cote d’Ivoire).

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