The WACA Call for Innovation Demo Day and Award Ceremony were hosted by the World Bank on 17 and 18 November 2020. It featured presentations of the five shortlisted competitors pitching their proposals. Among the top three winners were two Dutch consortia which included NWP members HKV, IHE Delft, Witteveen+Bos, CDR International, Boskalis and Wetlands International.
The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) to bridge the gap between innovators and port developers/owners to build sustainable and integrated coastal management. The call is part of the WACA Resilience Investment Project (WACA ResIP), a multi-country regional project that aims to support present assets and strengthen the resilience of coastal communities for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Togo. The project supported them develop multi-sectoral investment planning processes, culminating in WACA Multi Sector Investment Plans (MSIPs).
The challenge is to identify innovative and feasible solutions to fight coastal erosion and flooding issues associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports and maritime operations in the six countries. In most cases, existing ports were built with limited if no zero planning and considerations of potential exacerbation of coastal erosion. The significant threat is that this shortcoming is also occurring in the
design and construction of new ports. The scope is to identify innovations that allow to avoid, mitigate, and remediate the geomorphological and ecological impacts associated with existing and planned commercial ports in West Africa.