Minister Dr Edna Molewa to attend the Abidjan CoP12 Ministerial Conference in Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire

30 March 2017


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, will attend the Ministerial component of the 12th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Abidjan Convention, from today, Thursday, 30 March to 31 March 2017.   The 12th biennial COP to the Abidjan Convention conference, under the theme “Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa,” started on Monday, 27th March and ends on Friday, 31 March 2017, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The Experts Meeting (from Monday 27 March to 29 March) brought together representatives and experts from the Contracting Partiesto discuss, inter alia,

  • Marine Litter; Illegal trade of marine and coastal wildlife species; Marine and coastal urban planning; ocean energy potential of the Abidjan Convention area; State of the lagoons and development issues; Trans-Atlantic environmental cooperation.

The Abidjan Convention is a comprehensive umbrella agreement established to achieve sound management of the coastal and marine environment. The Convention was adopted on 23 March 1981 in Abidjan. The coastline covered by the Convention on the West coast of Africa exceeds just over 14,000 km from Mauritania in the North to South Africa, spanning over 22 countries.

The Convention addresses pollution from land-based and sea-based sources, impacts from minerals exploration, resource over-extraction, environmental impact management systems, the conservation through the establishment of marine protected areas and other coastal management issues.

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