The Wetlands International Africa Office based in Dakar, Senegal, acted as a regional hub for the WOW project in the West and Central Africa. This provided a foundation for synergy with other important conservation initiatives and projects in the West Africa region, such as the regional PRCM and offered and opportunity to catalyse new conservation efforts in the context of wetland and waterbird conservation.
The WIAO facilitated contacts and the exchange of information with key partners in the region, coordinating WOW regional inputs into the training and capacity building programme, as well as in the development of the Critical Sites Network tool. This regional hub has also been closely involved in the provision of technical and administrative support for the implementation of three WOW demonstration project in Senegal & The Gambia, Mauritania and Niger. The WIAO coordinated and executed all sub-regional aspects of WOW project activities and helped to translate and disseminate the relevant "lessons learned" from the WOW demonstration projects among a wide range of stakeholders in the sub-region. Other relevant tasks included holding regional workshops and assisting in the development of sub-regional training and awareness raising programmes.
COUNTRIES IN THE SUB-REGION:
The following countries were served by the WOW Regional Centre for Western and Central Africa:
Western Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, (Nigeria), Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
Central Africa: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe.
WOW DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS IN THE REGION:
LOCAL IMPLEMENTING AGENCY: