CWCS is actively contributing in shaping the conservation landscape of West/Central Africa especially in the area of mangrove assessment and conservation. NGOs capacities have been built in this regard. CWCS implemented the UNEP REDD Central African Mangrove Project aimed at assessing the carbon pools and multiple ecosystem services of mangroves in Central Africa for REDD+. Through the collaborative programme, over 10 permanent sample plots were 10 (0.1ha) permanent sample plots (PSP) were established in Gabon, Congo and RDC within the period 2011-2012 to compliment 15 PSPs established since 2002. Similar plots have also been established in Benin using the same methodology.