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Challenge 06


What alliances to actively promote in a lasting way to guarantee the marine and coastal areas of West Africa protection?

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Marine and Coastal Protected Areas are those coastal and/or marine sectors in which their waters, flora and fauna, together with their cultural characteristics and history, are protected by law. These measures, far from prohibiting any activity, establish zones to favor the conservation of biodiversity and marine cultural heritage.

At the same time, it seeks to: protect threatened species and environments, recover degraded areas and overexploited fishing stocks, ensure areas of permanent regeneration of stocks of commercial interest, develop tourism and responsible fishing brands and stimulate scientific knowledge. 

AfriCan Coop with the support of Phileas Flow, both are part of SDG 17 in order to create this CHALLENGE with the vision of building  the first link of a long-term collaboration. This CHALLENGE advocates carrying out systemic work that configures the “last mile” that the counterparts and societies of the West African countries need. With special focus on Mauritania, Gambia and Senegal in their direct cooperation with the ultra peripheral region (OR) of the EU: the Canary Islands.

AfriCan Coop is proposed as a platform for cooperation between continents that works from the perspective of the economy of the common good and aligned with the SDGs, managing to agree on sustainable development in African societies. In this sense, a dialogue and incidence will be initiated, which promote economic progress, as well as environmental and cultural protection, articulating different realities, cultures and needs.

Partners “north and south” have been contacted and we believe that there is a niche of high-quality work  between civil society organizations, decision-making institutions, academics and researchers, environmental and rights defenders, as well as governments and traditional governance structures, local and regional. We have considered starting a crowdfunding campaign to found the “Blue Wall Observatory” based in Mauritania.


As a consequence of climate change, the world’s oceans are warming to the point that they can no longer absorb our pollution. The goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions will have to go far beyond the established    levels.

With this challenge we seek to create the “Blue Wall Observatory” financed by the community of Green defenders who will provide their financial support through a Crowdfunding campaign.

This  Observatory  will have the objective of actively promoting the importance of caring for the sea and the wealth it    generates, through the preparation of an Annual Report of Good Practices and the Certification of Blue Wall Communities.

This challenge is established within the framework of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and specific goals:

SDG 14: Conservate and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Goals to work
14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits that Small Island Developing States and least developed countries derive from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through the sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
14.c Improve the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources by applying international law applied in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which constitutes the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and its resources, cited in paragraph 158 of the document “The future we want”

SDG 17: Alliance to achieve the goals. The purpose of the objectives is to improve North-South and South-South cooperation, supporting national plans in the fulfillment of all goals. Promoting international trade and helping developing countries to increase their exports is part of the challenge of achieving an equal universal trading system based on fair open rules.
Goals to work
17.17 Encourage and promote the establishment of effective alliances in the public, public-private and civil society spheres, taking advantage of the experience and strategies for obtaining resources from the alliances.

SDG 5: Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, it is one of the essential foundations for building a peaceful  prosperous and sustainable world. Women lead the marketing of fish in Mauritania.
Goals to work
5.6. a Undertake reforms that give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control of land and other assets, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, according to with  national law.

SDG 10: Reducing inequalities and ensuring that no one is left behind is an integral part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Goals to work
10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all people, regardless their age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic situation or other status.

SDG 8: Inclusive and sustained economic growth can foster social progress, create decent jobs and improve living standards.
Goals to work
8.4 Progressively improve, by 2030, the efficient production and consumption of global resources and seek to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, starting with the developed countries.
8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment, decent work for all men and women, including young people and persons with disabilities, as well as equal payment for equal work.

SDG 12: Global consumption and production, the driving forces of the world economy, depend on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive effects on the planet.
Goals to work
12.2 By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling programs.

SDG 13: Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather systems are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.
Goals to work
13.3 Enhance education, awareness, and human and institutional capacity for climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning


A participatory global communicated and organized civil society has the strength of the change we want to see in the world.


People from all over the world who are sensitized to the challenge raised here and assume the commitment to spread what is happening in Mauritania with the plundering of its fishing wealth.


Please complete the form below with the following information:

– In the “Name” field, please complete: First name and Last name.
– In the “Email” field, personal email.
– In the field “Message”, please complete, “I want to collaborate with the Blue Wall Observatory”. A contact telephone number.


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