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2. Methodology

Specific for Abidjan Convention!

The structure of this report is based upon the outline of the World Ocean Assessment. A project template has been developed and was reviewed by the Abidjan Convention member states through the national focal points.

A desktop study was carried out on available information from global, regional and national data sources to assess the state of the marine environment for the study area. Information included an overview of data sources provided by the Regular Process Workshop for the South Atlantic Ocean (Abidjan, 28-30 October 2013). Further information was obtained from:

- Scientific papers

- Reports from international organizations: UNEP, FAO, IOC, IUCN

- National reports

The actual assessment of the State of the Marine Environment for the Guinea Current Region has been produced at the SOME workshop using the Expert Elicitation (EE) method, with the participation of 17 regional socio-economic, physical and biodiversity experts from Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone and under the guidance of GRID-Arendal. A full account of the expert elicitation methodology is available here

In the absence of regional or national indicator datasets and monitoring systems, the State of Marine Environment Expert Elicitation (SOME-EE) process uses consultation with national and regional experts to gauge expert opinion about the condition of the marine and coastal ecosystems and dependent socio-economic sectors.  There are commonly datasets from local areas, and there are many sub-regional scale studies and short-term datasets about various aspects of marine ecosystems, but these have often a too coarse resolution and are not part of a systematic collection of data and knowledge routinely synthesised for reporting purposes. Many coastal and marine regions in Africa are especially data poor compared to developed countries. Nevertheless there is often substantial knowledge and insight available among local and regional experts on the actual state of the marine environment and its components.

The SOME-EE process draws upon these disparate datasets and the state of knowledge dispersed across a range of sources and institutions to capture a representative sample of existing expert knowledge about the condition of the environment in a manner that can be used for reporting purposes.

The experts from Cote d'Ivoire provided specific information on the state of the marine environment in Cote d'Ivoire. Considering the limitations of the workshop results and available information, this report has to be seen as a first step to develop a SOME report for Cote d'Ivoire, in combination with the regional assessment results and the desktop study on the marine and coastal environment in Cote d'Ivoire. A major outcome of the report is that it identifies gaps in knowledge and capacity for the development of a full scale SOME report for Cote d'Ivoire in the future.