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Guinea and Liberia Forge Historic Partnership for the Conservation of the Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi Forest Landscape

Dec 03, 2019
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The Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi (ZWW) forest complex, shared by Guinea and Liberia, is home to more than 25% of Africa’s mammals. Nearly 90% of its native vegetation has been lost, however, because of unsustainable human activities. To sustainably manage this globally unique refuge of plant and animal biodiversity and essential ecosystem services such as water, the governments…

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Training of Judges and Prosecutors on Wildlife Crime Issues

Nov 07, 2019
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In collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Forestry of Côte d’Ivoire, WA BiCC organized a training workshop for French-speaking ECOWAS member states from the 21st to the 25th of October on the application of CITES by judges and prosecutors. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen their capacity to support the CITES Management…

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Mano River Union: Strategic Plan Review Moving Forward

Sep 09, 2019
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In keeping with its mandate to promote peace, food security, and economic development, the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat is reviewing one of its key policy instruments, a five-year strategic plan for its member states. The review and revision of the plan reflects the Secretariat’s commitment to ensuring stability and accelerating the economic growth of…

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A New Radio Drama Series Launched to Increase Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Sierra Leone

Sep 09, 2019
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Perhaps it was on the news, in an online campaign, or in a textbook. Whichever the case may be, it is unlikely you last learned about climate change while tuning in to your favorite radio drama. But residents of coastal communities in Sierra Leone can now experience this unique opportunity, thanks to the launch of…

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Africa’s Atlantic Coast Gets a Boost for Sustainable Management

Jul 15, 2019
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The Plenipotentiaries to the Abidjan Convention met on July 2nd  2019 in Abidjan for what participants soundly agreed was a very successful gathering, taking unprecedented steps towards the conservation and sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems from Morocco to South Africa. Under the chairmanship of Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, his…

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Coastal Communities in Sierra Leone Make Strides to Protect and Restore Their Mangroves

Jul 02, 2019
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The Sherbro River Estuary is one of four Sierra Leone coastal regions that was declared a Marine Protected Area in March 2012, recognizing the value of mangrove forests as critical to the success of the fisheries sector in the country. While this decision was a major step in the right direction, ongoing unsustainable practices and…

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Sierra Leone Validates Climate Change Adaptation Plan as Stakeholders Prepare for Action

May 23, 2019
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Sierra Leone is ranked among countries highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change; in 2017, Sierra Leone ranked third most vulnerable nation after Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau to adverse effects of climate change (GlobalSecurity.org, 2017). In the midst of this, the National Government and development partners are committed to taking urgent actions critical…

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Strengthening Regional Partnership for Sustainable Natural Resource Management

May 22, 2019
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In a bid to further strengthen the working relationship between the Mano River Union (MRU) and the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Freetown, Sierra Leone on February 20, 2019. The MOU was designed to support activities to combat wildlife trafficking; increase…

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Nigeria Gears Up to Combat Wildlife Crime

Mar 29, 2019
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Porous borders. Lack of awareness. Commit to change. Certain phrases kept resonating at a high-level stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, that convened government agencies and their private sector and civil society partners intent on combatting wildlife crime in Nigeria and along its borders. Wildlife crime, which includes trafficking and illegal trade…

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Three Steps Forward for Transboundary Collaboration between Guinea and Liberia

Mar 19, 2019
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Representatives of two of West Africa’s most important forest nations, Guinea and Liberia, have made strong commitments to continue conserving the Upper Guinean forest ecosystem, and to manage these globally unique forests for the wellbeing of people on both sides of the border. Converging at the Voinjama, Liberia City Hall on February 5-6, 2019, stakeholders…