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Seagrass Training Manual

General objective of the training:Participants will study seagrass biology, learn seagrass taxonomy, discuss seagrass ecology, gain knowledge of monitoring and become skilled at conducting a field monitoring event. This training course is for scientists/managers who plan to establish new monitoring sites, lead and co-ordinate monitoring events, map seagrass meadows, conduct data entry, and raise seagrass awareness among local communities/end users.
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High Level Assessment of Seagrass Ecosystem Services in West Africa Perception of Stakeholders

Seagrasses provide valuable ecosystem services–benefits to humans–but are now being lost globally at rapid rates due mainly to anthropogenic stressors. Ecosystem services are defined as the benefits that humans derive from the environment, in this case, from seagrass ecosystems. This report provides an initial assessment of seagrass ecosystem services in seven countries of West Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.
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Panorama Solution: Participatory maritime surveillance within the Banc d’Arguin National Park

The Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) is one of the largest national parks in Africa. The importance of the park in terms of biodiversity and cultural heritage requires guaranteeing its socio-ecological integrity. Aware of this situation, the PNBA managers and the Delegation for Fisheries Surveillance and Control at Sea (DSPCM) – now the Mauritanian Coast Guard (GCM) – set up a participatory maritime surveillance system in 1999 with the Imraguen, a local community of desert fishermen.
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Panorama Solution: Participatory seagrass mapping for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries

In the Joal-Fadiouth MPA (Senegal), community-based approaches such as participatory seagrass mapping enhance the legitimacy of conservation actions by drawing upon local fisherfolk knowledge and help raising awareness about ecosystem interrelations that are important to commercial fisheries and to the communities that depend on them.
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