eC2: West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Program: Call for innovation to Private Sector Engineering Firms

Deadline: 15-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Launched by the World Bank in partnership with IFC, the WACA Call for Innovation will try to seek solutions for the six WACA countries to reduce the impacts on down drift coastal erosion of port infrastructures, either by retrofitting existing port infrastructures or by building new ones. The solutions can be both passive (a proper design of ports) or active (with e.g. a sand by-pass system). The solutions must ensure their feasibility in the West Africa coastline context.
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eC2: Institutional and Policy Gap Analysis and Recommended Measures for Climate Resilient Coastal Zone Management in West Africa

Deadline: 06-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The proposed study aims to develop an improved understanding of the climate changewater risks in the coastal areas in the select countries in West Africa (Benin, Côte dIvoire, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo), and determine institutional and policy gaps at national and sub-national levels related to integration of climate change risks, and to articulate suitable recommendations to fill these gaps. The consultancy will be within the scope of the West Africa Coastal Areas Program (WACA, http://www.worldbank.org/waca) and will support the preparation of a multi-countries project financing proposals to the Green Climate Fund.

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Swallowed by the Sea…Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations.

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I was recently in West Africa to witness the effects of coastal erosion. To understand what’s going on, we took a three-country road trip, traveling from Benin’s capital Cotonou, along the coast to Lomé in Togo and then to Keta and Accra in Ghana. These three countries, among the hardest hit by coastal erosion, offer a snapshot of what is happening along the rest of the coast, from Mauritania, via Senegal to Nigeria. 

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In Benin, Can Resilient Investment Solutions Save a Battered Coast?

I was raised in a small town called Hornsea on England’s east coast, a magnificent blog-in-benin-can-resilient-investment-solutions-save-a-battered-coast-780x439placethat attracts tourists but is eroding faster than the rest of Europe. Some of the impressive, clay cliffs are literally crumbling. Local roads and the old settlement and have fallen into the sea. More than once, forward-planning residents have demolished and rebuilt their houses from salvaged materials as their coast recedes.

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