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Our Biodiversity, Our Future: Liberia Marks World Biodiversity Day 2019 to Draw Attention to the Threat of Illegal Wildlife Trade

May 22, 2019
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Liberia is on track to losing significant populations of its wildlife and stands a risk of having some of its critically endangered species being completely wiped out in ten years if no action is taken. Mama Liberia is blessed with the largest remaining portion (42%) of the Upper Guinea rainforest; a forest that runs through…

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The Abidjan Convention Strategic Role in Ocean Governance

May 22, 2019
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A key principle of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WA BiCC) Program is to work in partnership with regional partner institutions to strengthen and enhance their capacity. This is to most effectively address those environmental issues that underpin their core mandates. The support provided through these partnerships is mutual, as it also enhances WA…

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The Training of Female Community Ecoguards Boosts Protection of Liberia’s National Parks

May 22, 2019
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All over the world, women are excelling in roles that were previously reserved for men. Living proof of this paradigm shift can be found in Liberia, where more and more women are training to be Community Ecoguards, a position that has since been perceived as male-dominated at Grebo-Krahn National Park. The active participation of women…

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Community Forestry Brings Opportunity to Disadvantaged Farmers, Increases Income

Mar 19, 2019
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In rural Sierra Leone, 60-year-old Vandi Sama sits on a stool and patiently weaves together the skin-like bark of a rattan stem. Although he has already harvested the poles, steamed them to shape a chair frame and separated the plants’ various parts based on how they can be used, it might be another whole day…

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Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia Form New Law Enforcement Committee to Protect the Transboundary Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo Forest

Dec 04, 2018
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Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia are making headway in their steadfast commitment to protecting the unparalleled biodiversity of the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGS) Forest and related Protected Areas, which straddle the border between the two countries. A first for both countries, the Transboundary Law Enforcement Committee was established to support effective management of the forest landscape and is…

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FROM WASTE TO WALLS: Building climate-resilient embankments from locally sourced discarded oyster shells

Nov 14, 2018


Take a walk around coastal Sierra Leone, and you might find your feet trample more than just soil. Here, on the Western coast of Africa, piles of discarded oyster shells litter the streets and yards of rural villages. These sharp, pointy byproducts of the oyster industry have only taken up space and posed health risks…

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Advancing Conservation in West Africa through the ECOWAS Environmental Action Plan

Sep 14, 2018
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Image: Participants at the Environmental Action Plan Validation Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria. In May 2018, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC) hosted a workshop to validate two critical documents to support the work of the Directorate. One was the revised version of…

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Ghana Hosts WA BiCC’s Signature Training on Improving and Utilizing Climate Information for Adaptation Planning in West Africa

Jun 25, 2018
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In October 2017, the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program and the National Adaptation Planning Global Network (NAP GN) organized a regional technical workshop in October 2017 to support the Integration of Coastal Issues into National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). As part of the proceedings, WA BiCC supported participants to assess the capacity…

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Two Liberian Conservation Heroes Win Prestigious African Ranger Award

Jun 13, 2018
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In current years, many of Africa’s most iconic wildlife species have been in constant decline due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade. Rangers operate in extreme conditions, and in their efforts to protect the natural heritage face incredible risks and threats. Their endeavors should be recognized and achievements be celebrated. The pressures…

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When Passion is Contagious – Getting to know Felix Olusola Abayomi, a 2018 Paradise Ranger

Jun 13, 2018
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Meet Felix Olusola Abayomi, wildlife conservation specialist based in Nigeria, founder of the Wildlife of Africa initiative, one of six West African winners of the 2018 Paradise Ranger Award, and one of the most passionate and committed wildlife conservationists you would meet today. My first introduction to Felix, a former fish manager from Nigeria, was…