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.

Into the Jungle: A Rescue Mission in Kabiti

“Into the Jungle” sheds light on wildlife trafficking and the effects of stealing these animals from their natural homes.

Protecting West Africa’s Wildlife Through Biomonitoring

West Africa is widely known for its diversity of wildlife, including many threatened and endangered species. This video features footage of animals in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire that WA BiCC and conservationists in the region have fought to better protect.

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