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Invitation to IESS Seminar on Shoreline Change in West Africa

26 March 2019

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, Legon, warmly invites the University community to a seminar by

Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo

Director, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana



 Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Venue: Auditorium, International House

Time: 1.30pm

Profile of Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo

Kwasi Appeaning Addo’s area of specialisation is in coastal processes, shoreline morphodynamics and coastal vulnerability assessment under sea level change scenarios. He served as a technical advisor to the West African coast observation mission (WACOM) project which developed a master plan for the West Africa coast. He was the Co-PI for the Ghana component of the DECCMA project and the PI for the Integrated and Sustainable Port Development Project in Ghana. At the moment, Kwasi is a member of the technical team for the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) which is helping countries within West Africa region to manage coastal erosion and flooding challenges. Currently, Appeaning Addo is a member of the Expert Group of High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy providing technical advice to the High Level Panel of 14 Heads of Governments. He is also a member of the International Pool of Experts, UN Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. He has authored several journal publications in his area of research. 



Coastal erosion in the West Africa coastal zone has destroyed properties and sources of livelihoods. Various studies have identified varying trends in erosion which intensities along the coast. Impacts of coastal erosion are projected to increase under climate change induced sea level rise. However, managing coastal erosion has become a huge challenge to the coastal nations in the region. Nations usually adopt localized approaches to solve a regional problem. This presentation looks at a review of shoreline morphological change in the West Africa coastal zone. It will talk about the biophysical and oceanographic state as well as the challenges and opportunities in the West Africa coastal zone. The presentation will discuss the major drivers of coastal erosion and how they interact to increase erosion along the West Africa coast. It will also discuss the various management approaches that have been adopted to manage erosion problems and their contribution to the dynamics in the shoreline evolution trend. The presentation will end with a discussion on how the West Africa shoreline is responding to climate change induced sea level rise, current regional initiatives to manage coastal erosion and argue on the way forward in ‘sustainable’ coastal erosion management.