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How a Community EcoGuard Program Helped One Woman Go from School Dropout to Breadwinner

Dec 10, 2019
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By Jacob Tweh, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Many might have said that 16-year-old Linda Nyanway’s future looked bleak as she took her now-husband’s hand in marriage. Linda’s parents divorced when she was just three, leaving her to spend most of her childhood with her grandmother in River Gee County, Liberia. Her grandmother worked as a subsistence…

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Guardians of the Forest

Dec 09, 2019
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Felicia Kyne may not look like a superhero. She can’t fly and does not carry magical weapons. But the soft-spoken 23-year-old woman from a remote village in Liberia is on the frontlines of a global battle to preserve biodiversity. Read the full story here.

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Stuck in the Mud: WA BiCC Driver Makes Impassable Roads Passable

Dec 04, 2019


By Nouhou Ndam, Forestry and Landscape Specialist Touring forest-edge communities in West African countries is a unique adventure. The communities tend to be connected by muddy roads, with farmers using passenger cars and trucks to transport themselves and their goods. To travel across these amazing forest landscapes, you must be a graduate of the school…

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Mapping of the Sherbro River Estuary: A Step Toward Biodiversity Protection in Sierra Leone

Dec 04, 2019
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By Zebedee Njisuh, WA BiCC Landscape Manager The recent field mapping exercise of the Sherbro River Estuary (SRE) marked a fresh approach to field mapping in Sierra Leone; one that recognized community members as important stakeholders to environmental sustainability. The mapping activity is a collaborative effort among USAID’s West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA…

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Creating Environmentally Friendly Livelihoods in Forest-buffer Communities in the Kindia Region of Guinea

Dec 04, 2019
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By Nouhou Ndam, WA BiCC Forestry and Landscape Coordinator Guinea is known as the “Water Reservoir” of West Africa.” Many rivers, including the Niger, Senegal River and Gambia River, originate from Guinea and flow across over a dozen countries. Guinea is endowed with biodiversity that is unique in West Africa, especially in its dense and…

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Honey Money

Dec 01, 2019
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The tropical stillness is cut by the sound of a low-speed buzzsaw. Or so I think. On closer listen, this is the drone of thousands of buzzing bees. I instinctively tense up. My mind screams danger. To Jenkins Zarweah, the sound of bees is the sound of music. He smiles broadly as bees buzz benignly…

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From Anomalure to Zebra Duiker – Spotlight on West Africa’s Mammals

Nov 22, 2019
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By Fauna & Flora International If you thought zebra duiker and otter shrew were four different animals, think again. These are just two of the elusive creatures that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and partners were hoping to track down during recent surveys of large and small mammals in one of West Africa’s most important…

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Behind the Scenes: Establishing Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) in Coastal Sierra Leone

Nov 05, 2019
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Written by Francis Reffell   When my team arrived in Bonthe Municipality, it felt like we’d landed in a rustic paradise, rife with the vestiges of its past colonial influence. Severely damaged infrastructure, caused by either abandonment or the civil war, littered the landscape. Despite my curiosity about the area, my team, composed of Seinya,…

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Improving Wildlife Law Enforcement: When the Trainee Becomes a Trainer

Nov 01, 2019
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Mercy Koomson, a Wildlife Manager at the Kotoka International Airport, is a woman on a mission. She is a graduate of the University of Andalucía with a Master’s degree course in ‘Management and Conservation of Species in Trade’, which was sponsored by the West African Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC). Less than a…

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How Rangers and Local Communities Came Together to Protect Sapo National Park

Oct 22, 2019
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Sapo National Park is Liberia’s largest and oldest national park, stretching over 180,000 hectares and is part of the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGKS) Transboundary Forest Landscape between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. Sapo’s magnificence as a biologically rich and diverse forest and a refuge for several endangered plants and animals are being undermined, however, by illegal mining, hunting…