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Elephants’ “Road Trip” from Guinea to Liberia Shows Promise of Transboundary Agreements

Sep 14, 2020
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By Chaz Kyser   Transboundary agreements between Guinea and Liberia to better protect and manage their shared forests and wildlife proved beneficial for two forest elephants that decided they didn’t need visas or face masks to travel between the two West African countries.   The elephants, “threatened with extinction” according to the Convention on the…

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Elephants Against Climate Change

Aug 12, 2020
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By David Goodman   They are one of the shyest and most elusive inhabitants of West Africa. Now scientists have discovered that forest elephants play a key role in curbing global climate change. Unlike iconic savanna elephants that roam the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, African forest elephants are the smaller cousins that are found in…

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Farmers Associations in Sierra Leone and Liberia Leveraged to Improve Crop Production and Boost Incomes

Jul 10, 2020
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By Nouhou Ndam   West Africa’s forests are rapidly disappearing, with only 10% left to shelter both wildlife and humans alike in what had been a massive forest complex stretching from Guinea to Cameroon and covering 680,000 square kilometers (km2). To halt and reverse the deforestation threatening the remaining forest cover (70,000 km2), including the…

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Improved Law Enforcement Coordination Leads to Two Convictions for Illegal Poaching and Pet Trading in Liberia

Jun 26, 2020
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By Jacob Tweh, Communication Officer, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation   For the first time in the Taï-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGKS) Transboundary Forest Landscape shared by Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, convictions have been made for illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking on the Liberian side. The quick crackdown on these unlawful acts is credited to the work of the Transboundary…

Photo of women working for Global Mamas hard at work hand crafting each mask.
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Global Mamas’ Face Masks Protecting the Public and Preserving Women’s Livelihoods

Jun 16, 2020
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By Chidera Okeke, Global Mamas Community Outreach Specialist.   For the past 17 years, Global Mamas has progressed in its mission to create a life of prosperity for women across Ghana by creating and selling handmade fair trade products. The upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a derailment in the organization’s activities and threatened to…

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A Reflection on World Environment Day: Is There Really A Silver Lining for Nature Amidst This Pandemic?

Jun 04, 2020
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By Edudzi Nyomi, WA BiCC Communications Specialist In the early weeks of self-isolation and physical distancing, a few curious friends asked my opinion about the supposed positive environmental effects of COVID-19 stemming from us staying at home. The question remains legitimate even as countries around the world—including Ghana, where I live—have substantially eased restrictions on…

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Emerging Leaders Provide New Research and Tools to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Jun 03, 2020
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Those committed to combating the illegal trade of animal and plant life across West Africa, or interested in learning how they can become more engaged, now have a new tool at their disposal. A compendium of research by 26 West African researchers on issues related to the effective implementation of the Convention on the International…

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Season 2 of Watasay Ston Radio Drama Successfully Passes Another Phase

May 13, 2020
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By Fatmata Katta   Behavior change communication (BCC) products such as radio dramas can be powerful tools to increase people’s knowledge and change their perceptions, attitudes and behaviors around social and environmental issues. To ensure the effectiveness of BCC products, however, it’s important to involve targeted communities in the production process and secure their ownership…

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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest Results!

Apr 22, 2020
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The results are in for WA BiCC’s Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contests, organized in partnership with the Ghana Wildlife Division, A Rocha Ghana and Kali Etch! Altogether, WA BiCC received 70 submissions, all showcasing students’ creativity, smarts, and passion for protecting our planet. Check out the first-, second- and third-place winners and their videos!…

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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest

Mar 31, 2020
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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 17!! April 22nd will mark 50 years of Earth Day and this year’s theme is Climate Action. As Ghana and other nations seek to combat the threat of coronavirus, we must also be aware that climate change represents the biggest challenge to…