Governance bodies

Regional Orientation Committee This committee was set up by the WAEMU Commission to ensure the orientation and supervision of the implementation of PRLEC and its various components. It is made up of a representative of each country, from the Ministry of the Environment, and appointed by its Minister. It currently has eleven members, representing Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

This committee meets as much as necessary to assert the specific expectations of the countries, to validate the elements transmitted by the work teams, one approved by the Regional Scientific Committee, to then forward to the hierarchy of the national delegates to take into account the decisions in national programs. In the case of a major decision, it is not delegated to the Regional Orientation Committee, which only prepares it for study during the Conference of Environment Ministers of the WAEMU.

This committee plays a facilitating role for the steps taken by the different work teams under the MOLOA in the different beneficiary countries. It met from 12 to 13 May 2014 in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) to take stock of the progress of MOLOA activities, validate the achievements and review the functioning of the national branches.

Group photo of the MOLOA steering committee meeting in May 2014 in Abidjan (Côte d´Ivoire)

A series of guidelines and recommendations have been formulated to facilitate or clarify the methods of exchange and partnership between the regional unit and the national offices: mechanisms for identifying, validating and reporting data, from the national level to the regional level. The regional unit was also encouraged to develop strategies to seize opportunities to strengthen the MOLOA towards the sustainability of achievements.

Regional Scientific Committee

The Regional Scientific Committee was established after the Regional Orientation Committee in order to guarantee the methodological validity and the scientific quality of the work undertaken and delivered within the framework of PRLEC. It guides research, work and procedures, then validates the results for consideration by the Regional Orientation Committee. This committee has a specific role in monitoring and supervising the establishment of the network of coastal observers associated with MOLOA; its members will be able to play a facilitating role for the contacts in the different countries.

It met several times as in April 2015, in a regional technical workshop on the preparation of the report of the 2016 coastline review (update of the SDLAO), held in Saly Portudal (Senegal) from April 20 to 24, 2015. This meeting had made it possible to review the evolutions observed on the coast since the SDLAO, the projects in progress or envisaged in this space as well as the main hazards recorded and having had remarkable repercussions. These developments were then linked to the sectors of the SDLAO to arrive at a regional synthesis by identifying the major trends shared by the different States.

Working session for updating the SDLAO, Saly Portudal (Senegal), April 2015