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WACA-F Project: Harnessing historical data for the future of the West African Coast

France’s WACA-F project, which supports the World Bank’s WACA programme (West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program) provides Senegal, Benin, and Togo with the historical cartographical data and bathymetric surveys they need to understand coastal erosion.

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Managing the West African Coast - «Historical data for the future of the West African coast » - WACA-F

Purpose of the Initiative

Cerema coordinates France’s WACA-F project« Historical data for the future of the West African coast »in partnership with the WACA programme, launched by the World Bank.

WACA (West African Coastal Areas Management Program) is a programme of comprehensive management for the West African coast.. Initially, it encompasses the efforts of six West African coastal countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Senegal, and Togo) to manage their coastal resources. The programme also aims to reduce natural and man-made risks to coastal communities.

The French WACA-F project sets out to improve our knowledge of coastal floods, erosion, and shoreline recession. It provides three countries in the region (Senegal, Benin, and Togo) with access to old bathymetric surveys and mapping data, resources that are both incredibly useful and unique in the region. The project is based on making use of topographical and hydrographic archives (sea charts, plans, bathymetyric reports, aerial photos) held by Shom and IGN. It provides access to these historical coastal data (in a digital, georeferenced format) so that the scientific community and various national authorities can better understand the coastal dynamic, and plan for the future. WACA-F helps local authorities and communities to interpret the data contained in the resulting database, thereby facilitating the smooth execution of the project and the World Bank’s WACA programme.

Client needs

Around one third of people in West Africa live on the coast, where demographic growth stands at 4% per year. Coastal areas produce 56% of the region’s GDP. The legal fishing industry in West African waters catches more than 1.6m tonnes, representing a value of $2.5bn on the wholesale market. In addition to the fishing industry, the coast is also home to major cities and ports, as well as agri-food industries and oil rigs.

But the future and productivity of West Africa’s coastal ecosystems is under threat from the development of non-sustainable infrastructure, unsuitable resource management, and natural environments that are still exposed to a variety of sources of pollution. The consequences of climate change, such as rising sea levels and temperatures, landslides, storm tides, and more frequent coastal flooding, all make the region more vulnerable. In some places, coastal erosion takes place at a rate of more than 10m every year. Less then 10% of urban areas have waste water disposal services, and 20% to 30% of mangroves have been damaged or destroyed in the past 25 years.

Faced with these economic, environmental, and social challenges, in 2007 the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) launched the West African Regional Coastal Erosion Prevention Plan In 2015, in an effort to counter the worsening situation caused by shoreline recession in West Africa, UEMOA entered a partnership with the World Bank, the Nordic Development Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This partnership led to the creation of the WACA programme, to which France contributes through the WACA-F project.

Cerema’s Solution

Cerema provides project management assistance to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MTES) by coordinating the partners working on the WACA-F project (Shom, IGN, BRGM, World Bank, if necessary). It works with the Centre de suivi écologique (CSE) in Dakar (Senegal) as well as with local institutional stakeholders, including ministries of the environment and maritime affairs in WACA-F countries. When required, Cerema also carries out appraisals of studies on behalf of the World Bank, the project’s technical committees, and local partners. More specifically:

  • Cerema compiles a summary of available shoreline recession data sources and knowledge bases for two to three areas seen as priorities by the steering committee: one per country along the coast of Senegal, Benin and Togo. This enables a common working framework to be created, based on shared data. The project can harness an unprecedented documentary archive, spanning maritime charts (going back over 200 years) and historical aerial photographs (past 50 years). Senegal tested a coastal erosion indicator for the 2000-2018 period.

  • Cerema developed a web portal with a gallery of 2000 digital aerial photographs. Civil engineering work and coastal developments that may have a direct effect on the coastline and are visible on satellite images have been identified. Cerema is using this knowledge to research long-term solutions to coastal erosion, and natural solutions in particular.

  • With its partners at BRGM, IGN and Shom, Cerema is disseminating its results and seeing them put to use through events (scientific and technical seminars), technical documents, and communications.

Through the coastal observation made possible by the WACA-F project, Cerema will ultimately be able to help set up early warning systems, guide coastal planning and development, and support policies to develop resilient coastal towns, cities, and regions.

Client: Ministry for the Ecological (MTES)

Schedule: 2017-2021

Value: €270k

Project Pilot: Cerema Water, Sea and Rivers Engineering Division | Environment & Risks Department

WACA-F Project: Harnessing historical data for the future of the West African Coast
Mobilise Your City

Mobilise Your City

The Mobilise Your City Initiative: Sustainable urban mobility planning

Mobilise Your City is an international climate partnership launched by the French and German governments, and sponsored by the European Commission. It promotes integrated planning of urban mobility in developing and transitioning countries. Cerema is a founding member of the initiative. Cerema offers its expertise in North Africa and Latin America.

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Purpose of the Initiative

MobiliseYourCity (MYC) is an international partnership launched by the French and German governments, and backed by the European Commission. It promotes the integrated planning of urban mobility in developing and emerging countries, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by city transport. Cerema is a founding member of MYC, launched at COP21 in 2015, along with the French Environmental and Energy Agency (Ademe), the French Development Agency (AFD), Cooperation for the Development and Improvement of Urban and Suburban Transport (Codatu), and the German government development agency, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

In 2020, 100 towns and cities and 20 national governments were committed to implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programmes (NUMP). MobiliseYourCity supports them in an effort to reduce their urban transport emissions by 50% by 2050 (ref. Business as usual scenarios). MobiliseYourCity provides a methodological framework and technical support, skills development activities, and help with fundraising.

MobiliseYourCity is co-funded by Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MTES), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), and the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU - Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit).

Client Needs

The transport sector accounts for around 24% of all global greenhouse gas emissions (2016). Urban transport is responsible for around half of these emissions, and in 2050, two thirds of the global population will be living in an urban environment. It is estimated that the greenhouse gas emissions linked to people’s everyday transport needs will double by 2050.

Future investments present an excellent opportunity for a successful transition to sustainable urban mobility. MobiliseYourCity is also aiming to:

  • Accelerate the development of sustainable, low-carbon urban mobility for people and goods, through better planning.

  • Improve the economic competitiveness of cities and urban quality of life by transforming urban mobility.

  • Improve transport networks to reduce the impact of climate change, poverty, and social inequality.

  • Bolster the inclusive and participative aspect of urban mobility planning, and implement transparent local and national governance, along with robust funding plans for urban transport.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public transport by at least 50% in participating cities.

  • Plan close cooperation between cities and partners of the initiative, to promote the sharing of experience.

Cerema’s Solution

Cerema provided assistance with structuring the governance of the MobiliseYourCity initiative: development of its methodological framework, technical support in SUMP and NUMP for pilot cities and countries, and creation of the MYC international practices community.

In practice, in 2017 Cerema began to work to roll the initiative out in two regions: North Africa and Latin America.

In Morocco, Cerema provides technical support on both a national and local level. Cerema is working with the Ministry of the Interior to update its NUMP and analyse current urban mobility in Morocco. The MobiliseYourCity programme is also helping the Moroccan cities of Rabat, Casablanca, Oujda, Kenitra and Khouribga to create, revise, or implement their NUMP. Cerema is involved mainly in Rabat and Oujda, while simultaneously providing general supervision for the five pilot NUMP, and making sure they are coherent with the initiative’s national plans.

In Tunisia, Cerema is assisting the national roll-out of MobiliseYourCity. It is involved in the « Inventory - Diagnostic » of mobility, and is supporting the Tunisian Ministry of Transport in developing terms of reference for the creation of a national urban mobility watchdog, and in compiling a national guide to NUMP in Tunisia.

Since 2017 in Latin America, Cerema has been involved with four exploratory projects to develop a community of practice for urban mobility that spans the Latin American region. MobiliseYourCity is being rolled out in Latin America through the Euroclima+ programme, launched in 2018. The programme supports three countries and seven cities in Latin America in the development and implementation of their SUMP and NUMP. Euroclima+ is funded by the European Union and managed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German government development agency, GIZ.

Client: MTES/Inter DG

Schedule: 2015-2020

Value: €500k

Project Pilot: Cerema Territoires et Ville

Our projects with the AFD

Cerema is involved in a number of international projects alongside the French Development Agency (AFD). The AFD is a government body that implements France’s international development and cooperation policy in 115 countries worldwide, as well as in French overseas territories.

Cities & Climate Change « project » in Bogota

In March 2016, the French Development Agency (AFD) asked Cerema to take part in the « Cities & Climate Change » technical seminars, organised in partnership with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). Cerema presented on the context and French initiatives in this field, as well as the services and tools developed to tackle these challenges.

Yaoundé Coeur de Ville Project in Cameroon

In 2019, Cerema undertook a study on behalf of the French Development Agency (AFD) as part of the « Yaoundé Cœur de Ville » project, whose aim was to improve traffic and mobility within the city. The study focused on road safety within the redevelopment of three major crossroads.

Road Safety Project in Madagascar

On behalf of the French Development Agency (AFD), Cerema delivered an engineering project in Madagascar, ensuring that road safety was incorporated into the ring road development in Antananarivo, which would bypass the east and north-east of the city.

AFD Cerema framework agreement

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Cerema have signed in 2020 a framework contract to strengthen the expertise provided on official development assistance projects supported by France.

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Twinning initiatives funded by the European Union

Twinning initiatives funded by the European Union

Twinning initiatives are mechanisms for government cooperation that enable beneficiary countries (EU membership candidates and neighbouring countries) to draw on the expertise of EU Member States. Cerema is involved in four twinning initiatives in Morocco and Algeria.

Boosting the professional skills of AOTU-A, the Algiers urban transport authority

Twinning in Algeria (2019 - 2021)

As part of this twinning initiative in Algeria, Cerema helped AOTU-A to assess its strategy and structure, bolster its skills, and monitor the performance of the urban transport networks it oversees.

Help boosting the energy sector

Twinning in Morocco (2018 - 2020)

Cerema supported the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEM) in drawing up its national energy strategy to secure its energy supply, guarantee access to energy, and protect the environment. Cerema assisted with the evaluation and implementation of insulation thermal element regulations for buildings in Morocco, as well as energy performance contracts.

Help improving planning and approval techniques for road safety and airports

Twinning in Algeria (January 2016 - November 2018)

Cerema assisted the CTTP, Algeria’s national public works technical control body, in analysing its high-traffic road network, bolstering regulations on highways equipment, and improving inspections of airport infrastructure.

Assistance in managing the highways network and civil engineering works

Twinning in Algeria (May 2015 - August 2017)

Cerema assisted the CTTP, Algeria’s national public works technical control body, in setting up a preventative maintenance system for highway infrastructure, based on creating a database of highways and civil engineering works.

Cerema trained Moroccan experts in the operationalization of thermal building regulations in Morocco

Twinning in Morocco (April 2019)

As part of the "Support for strengthening the energy sector" twinning program between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco, coordinated by Expertise France, Cerema provided training for the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development (MEMDD) on the operationalization of Morocco's thermal building regulations (RTCM).

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