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Effective Transboundary Forest Management Approaches: Key Learning Resources

Nov 24, 2020
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This is a compendium that documents WA BiCC’s efforts in using effective approaches to manage transboundary Upper-Guinean forests in West Africa.

Fact Sheets

Sapo National Park: Our Heritage, Our Future

Nov 24, 2020
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Sapo National Park (SNP) is located in the south-east of Liberia, situated in Sinoe, River Gee, and Grand Gedeh Counties. The Park, Liberia’s largest and oldest protected area, was established in 1983. It covers an area of 1,804 km2 (697 sq. mi). The Park and surrounding forested landscape contain extremely diverse ecological communities, distinctive fauna and flora, and a mosaic of forest types. SNP is also a ‘regional centre of endemism’, that provides refuge, and serves as the last stronghold for a number of rare and endemic species. The Park is managed by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) of Liberia.

Guideline

Best Practices for Protected Area Demarcation in West Africa

Nov 17, 2020
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Building on lessons learned about Protected Area management and demarcation processes in Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia (the four Mano River Union Member States), this informational brief identifies several important best practices and resources that can be used to mitigate conflict, enhance stakeholder cooperation and promote effective PA management and governance while undertaking boundary demarcation.

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Spotlight on the Transboundary Law Enforcement Technical Committee Between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire

Nov 15, 2020
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To ensure that these livelihoods-focused activities are effective in reducing local threats to biodiversity, WA BiCC’s strategy prioritizes early and continuous community engagement to 1) identify local threats to deforestation and wildlife depletion, 2) target the appropriate stakeholders to address the threats, and 3) sustain participation in the new activities that effectively change behaviors and practices. This learning brief outlines key challenges and lessons learned from WA BiCC implementation with respect to targeting and sustaining participation of stakeholders in sustainable landscape projects.

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Learning From Challenges to Effectively Target and Involve Stakeholders in Sustainable Landscape Projects

Nov 15, 2020
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To ensure that these livelihoods-focused activities are effective in reducing local threats to biodiversity, WA BiCC’s strategy prioritizes early and continuous community engagement to 1) identify local threats to deforestation and wildlife depletion, 2) target the appropriate stakeholders to address the threats, and 3) sustain participation in the new activities that effectively change behaviors and practices. This learning brief outlines key challenges and lessons learned from WA BiCC implementation with respect to targeting and sustaining participation of stakeholders in sustainable landscape projects.

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Lessons Learned from Transboundary Management of Forest Landscapes

Nov 15, 2020
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The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program and its partners sought to reduce deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss by promoting collaborative management of three transboundary forest landscapes in the Upper Guinean Forest: Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi (ZWW) Transboundary Forest Landscape in Liberia and Guinea, the Gola Transboundary Forest Landscape in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and Taï-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGKS) Forest Landscape located in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. This brief summarizes lessons learned from WA BiCC’s experience strengthening bilateral collaboration, learning, and adaptation in these three transboundary forest landscapes.

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Introducing Gender Equity Through Beekeeping

Nov 15, 2020
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WA-BiCC’s gender and social inclusion (GESI) strategy aims to guard against the perpetuation or exacerbation of disparities related to gender and other social factors. It also promotes equity in benefit sharing, ensuring that women, youth, and other groups enjoy the proceeds associated with protecting forests. This case study documents how beekeeping activities can serve as a mechanism to break down gender stereotypes and begin the dialogue around gender roles with forest communities.

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Enhancing Forest Governance Structures in Sapo National Park

Nov 15, 2020
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The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program and its partners sought to strengthen forest and biodiversity conservation and improve community livelihoods by promoting innovative collaborative management of transboundary forest landscapes. WA BiCC’s approach made explicit linkages between policy and practice, so that better practices from the local level were pulled up to national and regional institutions, integrated into relevant policies, and then filtered down from the regional level. This learning brief examines this policy-to-practice loop in action and documents lessons learned in the context of WA BiCC’s efforts to form community-based governance institutions as local platforms for engaging with national entities to promote sustainable management of the forest.

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Case Study: Beekeeping as a Conservation Enterprise in Transboundary Forests

Nov 15, 2020
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As part of its strategy to reduce these threats, the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) project promotes sustainable livelihood interventions in forest communities. These interventions provide an economic incentive to protect the forest, thereby reducing adverse impacts on the landscape. WA BiCC identified beekeeping as one locally appropriate livelihood-focused intervention that can encourage communities to value and protect the forest while also providing an alternative source of income through the sale of honey products. Since early 2019, WA BiCC has supported beekeeping in 23 forest communities around the Grebo-Krahn National Park in partnership with implementing partner, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation.

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