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The Land/Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone of West and Central Africa

  • Salif Diop
  • Jean-Paul Barusseau
  • Cyr Descamps

Part of the Estuaries of the World book series (EOTW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. S. Diop, J. Fabres, R. Pravettoni, J.-P. Barusseau, C. Descamps, J.-P. Ducrotoy
    Pages 1-8
  3. Jean-Jacques Goussard, Mathieu Ducrocq
    Pages 9-21
  4. Babajide Alo, Kehinde Olayinka, Aderonke Oyeyiola, Temilola Oluseyi, Rose Alani, Akeem Abayomi
    Pages 65-76
  5. Isidore Ayissi, Gordon N. Ajonina, Hyacinthe Angoni
    Pages 97-107
  6. Sylvie Carole Ondo Ntyam, A. Kojo Armah, Gordon N. Ajonina, Wiafe George, J. K. Adomako, Nyarko Elvis et al.
    Pages 123-137
  7. Gordon N. Ajonina, Expedit Evariste Ago, Gautier Amoussou, Eugene Diyouke Mibog, Is Deen Akambi, Eunice Dossa
    Pages 139-149
  8. Gordon N. Ajonina, Tundi Agardy, Winnie Lau, Kofi Agbogah, Balertey Gormey
    Pages 151-166
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-210

About this book


Although the main focus of this book is on the estuaries, its scope goes well beyond this particular coastal feature. Indeed, the estuary can only be considered as part of the life cycle of the entire river and the marine area it feeds into: an area particularly subject to human and natural pressures.
The main estuaries and deltas of West and Central Africa region provide a variety of goods and services to its coastal population. The most important of them are related to critical fish habitat, wood and charcoal from mangroves, as well as space for agriculture, aquaculture, urban development, tourism and transport.
Particular emphasis has been made in this book on mangroves that play a significant role in terms of flood control, groundwater replenishment, coastline stabilization and protection against storms. They also retain sediments and nutrients, purify water, and provide critical carbon storage. Such hydrological and ecological functions explain the focus on serving mangrove ecosystems and the nearby communities, which draw significant income from fishing, rice production, tourism, salt extraction and other activities such as harvesting honey and medicinal plants, hence the need for preserving mangrove ecosystems to ensure sustainability of the estuaries and deltas of West and Central Africa region.
The book has a foreword by Mr. Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP who is stating that credible and up-to-date information is essential for the public at large but more specifically for scientists, researchers, managers, decision-makers all working together in order to safeguard, protect and sustainably manage estuaries, deltas and lagoons, and the coastal and ocean waters of Western and Central Africa.


Coastal Zone Coastal protection strategies Land/Ocean Interactions Socioeconomic African coastal environment West and Central Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Salif Diop
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Barusseau
    • 2
  • Cyr Descamps
    • 3
  1. 1.Cheikh Anta Diop UniversityDakarSenegal
  2. 2.University of PerpignanPerpignanFrance
  3. 3.University of PerpignanPerpignanFrance

About the editors

Salif Diop is a former Senior Water Officer in UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA). He is a water specialist with extensive experience in various aspects of coastal oceanography, freshwater assessment, aquatic and marine issues, sustainable management, and development. He holds from University Louis Pasteur/Strasbourg/France, a 3rd cycle doctorate he defended in 1978 and a state doctorate he defended in 1986. He is a member of various expert and working groups, including numerous scientific and research institutions. As such, he spent his first sabbatical year as Senior Fulbright Fellow in the USA at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1986/87 - University of Miami/USA, Division of Biological and Living Resources. He has more than 40 referred publications with 5 books as main author and co-author and has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize Certificate – IPCC 2007.

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