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Introducing ECOP Togo

The ECOP (Early Career Ocean Professional) Togo Node aims to bring together all the technical and scientific skills of Togolese ECOPs into one large group in order to create a dynamism in the ocean sciences sector. This initiative will be part of the global ECOP program and will be supported by the African regional ECOP platform.  At ECOP-Togo, we are working toward the implementation of a project in ocean literacy popularization and coastal sustainability.

Meet the coordination team

Emmanuel Dkawlma Tora

Emmanuel is the ECOP Togo lead coordinator.  He is a masters graduate in climate change and marine science, with a deep passion for environmental sustainability.  His research focuses on climate adaption and plastic pollution mitigations for coastal resilience. 

Attiogbé Afi Amen Christèle

Attiogbé is the vice coordinator of ECOP Togo.  She is currently a PhD student specialising in climate change, gender and land use systems. As an environmental biologist, she has skills in climate vulnerability analysis and environmental project assessment.

Kodjo Olivier Assokpa

Kodjo is the General Secretary of ECOP Togo. He holds a Master’s degree in Climate Change and Marine Sciences, and his research focuses on assessing the spatio-temporal variability of Chlorophyll-a across Cabo Verde Island using Remote Sensing Data. As the SG, he is responsible for overseeing policy implementation, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. Additionally, he leads the design of pedagogical programs, prepares projects aligned with organizational objectives, and compiles comprehensive reports to ensure the organization functions effectively and advances its mission.”

Agnessa Tadouna

Agnessa is vice secretary of ECOP Togo. He holds a masters degree in climate change and marine sciences from the Technical Atlantic University (Cabo Verde) and has a background in climate and meteorological sciences.  He currently works as a marine weather forecaster at the Togo Meteorological Agency and aims to pursue a career in academia in order to contribute to the development of marine sciences in his country.

ECOP Togo Action Plan

The suggested program will be clearly outlined to meet the specific requirements and will be implemented within the current year. The Togo ECOP node intends to integrate and cooperate with the Togolese institutions, with the aim of expanding ECOP’s reach on university campuses, institutions and developing Campus Biodiversity Networks as part of the Togo National ECOP initiative.

1. ECOP Togo WhatsApp group

This group was created on 9 March 2023 by Kodjo Olivier Assokpa with the purpose of setting up the Togo National ECOP Node.
Click here to join the WhatsApp group.

2. ECOP recruitment plan

The recruitment started by sending information about ECOP to several WhatsApp groups composed of people working or studying in the ocean field. The recruitment is also planned to be done through a call for membership application on:

  •  Social Media
  • Meeting and calling persons who may be of interest
  • Meeting some institutions
  • Sensitization in schools

3. Capacity development plan

An Ocean literate person understands the essential principles and fundamental concepts about the functioning of the ocean, can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. ECOP Togo will strive to develop the Ocean literacy capacity of its members, partners and general public through:

  • Community awareness through ocean cleanups
  • School visits
  • Webinars and conferences
  • Creation and dissemination of content relating to ECOP Togo on social networks (awareness, education and announcements of future events)
4. Media/communication plan
  • Creation of website and social network pages Facebook/Twitter /Instagram

  • Media releases (conferences, opening day….)

  • Flyers/Affiches

  • Visiting institutions (academic, public, private, and all possible


5. Outreach plan
  • Training and exchange workshop

  • Visiting schools and departments (HCM, Maritime prefecture, Directorate of Maritime Affairs, Fishermen communities )

  • Beach cleaning, marine conservation 

6. Fundraising plan
  • Writing projects

  • Looking for funding from National and local NGO

  • Looking for funding from National Decade Committee

  • UNDP, World Bank, ECOWAS, African Union Commission, MAVA, etc.

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