West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC)


The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to improve conservation and climate-resilient, low-emissions growth across West Africa.

Reducing Deforestation, Forest Degradation, And Biodiversity Loss

The Upper Guinean Forest of West Africa is a global biodiversity hotspot—a biogeographic region with significant amounts of biodiversity that is threatened with destruction.

Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Combating wildlife trafficking in West Africa is a key element of WA BiCC’s work in the region. Wildlife trafficking is the illegal selling and buying of plant and animal species that are protected by national or international law.

Increasing Coastal Resilience to Climate Change

The coastal systems of West Africa are rich in biodiversity and natural resources, providing ecosystem services that contribute to about 57% of the region’s GDP.

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