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Climate Change Adaptation Plan Launch Report

Oct 08, 2020
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The Climate Change Adaptation Plan builds upon a climate change vulnerability assessment and options analysis conducted at the onset of the WA BiCC program and adapted over the past five years in response to new information and changing needs. It is a tool to test the implementation of the Abidjan Convention Protocols on Sustainable Mangrove Management and Integrated Coastal Zone Management to facilitate climate change adaptation planning and interventions in the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex, generating valuable lessons for the other coastal countries of the region.

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Report on the Workshop on Climate Information for Adaptation Planning (Liberia)

Sep 15, 2020
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As part of its Component 2, “Increase Coastal Resilience to Climate Change,” the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (WA BiCC) organized a Workshop on Climate Information for Adaptation Planning aimed at strengthening the capacity of Liberia climate change adaptation experts to generate and use climate information for adaptation planning. The workshop was held in Monrovia, Liberia on December 17–20, 2019, and gathered 20 participants representing climatesensitive sectors.

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Intensive Training Camp on Permaculture Practices in Humid Tropical Areas and Creation of a Permaculture Farm School in Taï, Côte d’Ivoire

Sep 15, 2020
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Fourteen beneficiaries from communities around Taï National Park attended a training course on permaculture and good farming practices between March 21 and April 9, 2020. The objective of this training was to teach them new, more sustainable and environmentally friendly farming techniques such as producing their own seed, compost and organic pesticides, good soil preparation, etc.

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Mapping West Africa’s Low Elevation Coastal Zones

Sep 09, 2020
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Although sea level rise and climate change are threatening coastlines around the world, it is difficult to plan for the impacts of these ecological disasters without more information at a local level. Spurring key stakeholders into action to combat and mitigate climate change can be a challenge when the threat is intangible. Mapping the areas potentially impacted by ecological changes can help communicate the projected impacts of sea level rise (SLR), climate change, and the urgency to take action.

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West Africa Marine Turtle Assessment Report: Current status, gaps, and opportunities for strengthening marine turtle conservation in West Africa

Aug 24, 2020
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This report presents an assessment of the current status and trends of marine turtle conservation in West Africa, and recommendations for a regional network to promote the protection of marine turtle species and their habitats. It builds on previous studies supported by the USAID-funded WA BiCC Program such as the “Scoping Study on Addressing Illegal Harvesting of Aquatic Endangered, Threatened or Protected (ETP) Species for Consumption and Trade” and country-level illegal wildlife trafficking assessments, as well as initiatives such as IUCN’s December 2018 meeting in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, which recommended the creation of WASTCON.

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Building Resilience to Climate Change in the Fresco Coastal Landscape: Analysis and Recommendations for Management of Port Gauthier and Okromoudou Classified Forests

Aug 10, 2020
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This study provides recommendations for the future management of the Okromoudou and Port Gauthier, based on the understanding of the history of the current state of the Classified Forests and the identification of constraints and opportunities for their future management.

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Into the Jungle: A Rescue Mission in Kabiti

Aug 06, 2020
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We share this beautiful land of West Africa with many important plant and animal species, on land and in the water bodies. Sadly, the populations of many of these plants and animals are declining rapidly because of harmful human activities. One of these activities is wildlife trafficking, where people illegally take species from their natural homes and selI them. “Into the Jungle” sheds light on wildlife trafficking and the effects of stealing these animals from their natural homes.

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Research papers

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

Jul 21, 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 Trade of Illegal Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is now available. The publication, “Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Building Regional Expertise and Coordination through the CITES Master’s Program,” was produced by the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program.

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Resilient West Africa: Forging a Sustainable Future in a Threatened Landscape

Jul 15, 2020
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In “Resilient West Africa,” the spirit of the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia are captured in seven stories written by Goodman that highlight the successes and challenges faced in preserving ecosystems and improving conservation. Additionally, through captivating images and informative text, he educates readers on WA BiCC’s activities in these critical areas. From “Honey Money,” which celebrates people harnessing Liberia’s rich bee population to produce some of the best honey on the continent, to the story of a hunter who kills wildlife even though he knows it’s wrong, you will be immersed in some of the daily strides and challenges of people trying to earn a living and protect their natural resources.

A closeup shot of pangolin scales on display.
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Understanding Threats to West African Biodiversity and Linkages to Wildlife Trafficking: Togo Field Assessment Report

Jun 23, 2020
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Although Togo is one of the smallest countries in West Africa, its biodiversity is rich; it has 4,019 animal species and 3,501 species of terrestrial flora (UN Environment Programme, n.d.). The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) entered into force in Togo in 1979. The country is listed in Category 2 of the CITES national legislation project, which means that national legislation meets between one and three of the four requirements for effective implementation of CITES.

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