Contribution to improving the resilience to coastal erosion in Togo

Pessièzoum Adjoussi
Published: 18 May 2016
Last edited: 28 March 2019
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Summary

Local communities in coastal areas were supported to face to erosion and coastal pollution through: - Awareness raising on vulnerability to these threats; - Reduction of the effects of coastal erosion on the city of Aného to ensure the integrity of the area and enable sustainable socio-economic development: refection of the west bank of the mouth of the Lake Togo, rehabilitation of the road along the shore and protection of threatened homes and riverside hotel infrastructure.

Classifications

Region
West and Central Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
National
Ecosystem
Estuary
Mangrove
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Theme
Adaptation
Coastal and marine spatial management
Marine litter
Other theme
Coastal cities
Challenges
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Erosion
Ecosystem loss
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Poor governance and participation
Unemployment / poverty
Aichi targets
Target 6: Sustainable management of aquatic living resources
Target 7: Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry
Target 8: Pollution reduced
Target 11: Protected areas
Target 12: Reducing risk of extinction
Target 14: Ecosystem services
Target 18: Traditional knowledge

Location

Aneho, Maritime Region, Togo

Challenges

Togo's coast has been affected for decades by erosion and pollution. The recent worsening of this situation pushed fishermen to turn to improper extraction of natural resources such as sand and gravels, thus affecting the coastal and marine ecosystems. In 2009, houses of and the city hall of the city of Aného were threatened with destruction as a direct cause of erosion.

Beneficiaries

Local communities and fishermen of the coast of Togo and of the city of Aného.

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Impacts

- Increase of political will and awareness of populations to adapt to the threats of coastal erosion and pollution; - Improvement of housing security: the construction work has helped secure homes and premises; - Communities mobility, development of income generating activities and water supply facilitated by the construction of a new access road; - Favorable conditions for fishing created thanks to the rehabilitation of the banks of the mouth of the lake. The structure now allows fishermen to land full-sized canoes, thus guaranteeing them a closer access to their customers and facilitating the supply of inputs needed to fishing off.

Story

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: ‘Contribution à l’amélioration de la résilience à l‘érosion côtière au Togo’” from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Contributed by

Pessièzoum Adjoussi Université de Lomé, Haut Conseil pour la Mer - Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources F

Other contributors

Université de Lomé
Togo Ministry for the Environment and Forest Resources (MERF)