Managing coastal erosion

Press Release march, 2019

The coastal countries of the Gulf of Guinea are experiencing, to varying degrees, an erosion of their coastline: retreat of the coastline, disappearance of wetlands and mangroves, impact on lagoon areas, etc. This phenomenon, natural or anthropogenic, seems to be accelerating with a retreat of the coastline observed up to several tens of meters per year in some parts of the Gulf of Guinea.
Due to the concentration of population on the coastline, coastal erosion presents crucial challenges in terms of security, especially maritime security: population displacement, food security, conflicts between countries sharing maritime borders, conversion to illegal activities, etc …
As such, the affected countries and the international community must consider the issue and put in place management and control measures: sensitization of populations and policy makers, observation, recording and analysis of geospatial data, prospective research, integrated and evolving coastal management and regional cooperation.
In order to combat the phenomenon and its consequences, several regional and international organizations, NGOs and development funds have already launched large-scale projects. ISMI is part of this dynamic by setting up a seminar devoted to the management of coastal erosion.
Nearly 30 “high-level” auditors – policy-makers, politicians, researchers – from 12 countries of the Gulf of Guinea are expected. Speakers will come from Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, France and the Netherlands, with the contribution of the Deltares Applied Research Institute and the West African Coastal Management Program of the World Bank (WACA).
Journalists are invited to attend the inaugural session of this training to be held at the Regional Academy of Marine Science and Technology (ARSTM – Yopougon, Niangon) on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 09:00 am. At the end of this session, a press conference will be hold at 09:30 am.



– Maylis TERTRAIS-VIEL, ISMI financial and administrative manager, deputy regional coordinator for State action at sea in the gulf of Guinea (
– Chantal KOFFI, communication officer of ARSTM and ISMI (
– Annexa GOVI, logistic coordinator (

Managing coastal erosion

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