Mauritania

Project WASP Mauritania

WASP: West African Biodiversity under Pressure

The ocean along the Mauritanian coast is home to the largest cold-water coral reef in the world and many vulnerable marine areas, like the Banc d’Arguin National Park, Africa’s largest marine protected area. The biodiversity hotspots coincide with prime fishing grounds for international fleets and emerging oil and gas development. Open sea and coastal sea systems are […]

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Webinar WASP

MeerWissen Webinar: West African Biodiversity under Pressure

The project “West African Biodiversity under Pressure” was introduced on February 26 as part of a webinar series featuring each of the 12 MeerWissen projects. The webinar provided both a comprehensive look at a variety of human-induced threats facing marine biodiversity off Mauritania and solutions that are being developed with key stakeholders in the region,

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Science-based policies

WASP: A win for science-based marine management

The West African Biodiversity under Pressure (WASP) Project is making waves for science-based biodiversity conservation in Mauritania after successful talks with the British company BP and their plans for the marine resources. Major discoveries of international importance were made in these waters quite recently. For instance, it was discovered that Mauretania has the largest cold-water

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THE WASP PROJECT IS SETTING SAILS

The Wasap Project is setting sails

The kick-off workshop for the WASP project (West-African Biodiversity under Pressure) was held in February 2020 at the headquarters of the Mauritanian research institute IMROP in Nouadhibou. Besides the official project partners (IMROP, Nature Mauritanie and Senckenberg Institute), University of Algarve and authorities of the Banc d’Arguin National Park were also present to share major highlights of

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