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Demonstrating and Capturing Best Practices and Technologies for the Reduction of Land-sourced Impacts Resulting from Coastal Tourism (COAST)

The objective of the Project is to address the negative impacts of tourism on the coastal and marine environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, as identified by the African Process , through promoting the development of sustainable tourism policies and strategies and the implementation of pilot demonstration projects in a number of countries that participated in the African Process. The full project objective is to demonstrate best practice strategies for sustainable tourism to reduce the degradation of marine and coastal envrionments of transboundary significance. The project will engage the private sector and enhance public-private partnerships to enable formulation and implementation of appropriate national and regional policies and strategies for sustainable tourism development in coastal and marine areas, including a policy and strategy framework to guide and promote ecotourism development. The full project will be designed to:

  • (i) provide appropriate policy and strategy frameworks for sustainable tourism development in coastal areas;
  • (ii) build/enhance national capacities in sustainable tourism development; and
  • (iii) implement pilot demonstration projects. The pilot demonstration projects will be developed to:
    • (a) facilitate the voluntary adoption of eco-certification schemes by tourism facilities;
    • (b) alleviate poverty and provide alternative livelihoods to local communities through the development of eco-tourism;
    • (c) generate revenues for environmental conservation through eco-tourism; and
    • (d) promote best practices in mitigating environmental impacts of tourism through improved reef recreation management.

The demonstration projects are also aimed to reduce the coastal pollution from the land-based activities in conformity with the Global Programme of Action (GPA) and were endorsed at Heads of States meetings in Africa and in the NEPAD process.

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Agulhas Current (LME) , Somali Coastal Current (LME) , Guinea Current (LME) , Indian Ocean

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General information
GEF ID 2129
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Completion)
Start Date 06 Nov 2007
End Date 30 Jun 2014
GEF characteristic:
GEF Allocation to project USD 5,388,200
Total Cost of the project: USD 28,745,016
Demonstration sites
Ada Beach - Ghana Demonstration Project: Eco-tourism and Poverty alleviation
Badagry Peninsular Nigeria; Theme: Eco-tourism
Bagamoyo Tanzania Demonstration Project: Integrated Sustainable Tourism Destination Planning
Inhambane District Coastline - Mozambique Demonstration Project: Promote best practices for environmental management through improved reef recreation and management
Kartong Bay, Gambia Demonstration Project: Eco-tourism and poverty alleviation
Kribi Beach Area, Cameroon Demonstration Project: Developing Eco-tourism to alleviate poverty and contribute towards biodiversity conservation
Senegal Demonstration Project: Environmental Management Systems for hotels in the Saly Portudal area on the Petite Cote
Seychelles Demonstration Project
Watamu Area - Kenya Demonstration Project: Integrated Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management at Watamu on the Kenya Coast
Cameroon , Gambia , Ghana , Kenya , Mozambique , Nigeria , Senegal , Seychelles , Tanzania United Republic of , Regional

UN Environment (UNEP)

Project contacts
Ludovic Bernaudat Industrial Development Officer
Sunny Ukweh Program Assistant
Stephen Utre Deputy Director
Hugh Gibbon Regional Technical Coordinator
Momodou Jama Suwareh Focal person
Geoffrey Omedo Knowledge Management and Communication Officer
Harvey John D. Garcia Technical Officer