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West Africa Strategy on Combating Wildlife Crime: Briefing Note for Policy Makers

Aug 11, 2020
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The West Africa Strategy on Combatting Wildlife Crime (WASCWC) creates a new and innovative mechanism to significantly reduce wildlife crime and other related threats to improve biodiversity conservation for the welfare and socio-economic development of West Africans. It provides a framework through which all relevant stakeholders will be able to coordinate a robust response to wildlife crime, confident that their combined efforts will result in a more secure and diverse environment for future generations of West African citizens. The Strategy reflects the priorities of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), its Member States and the wider global community, and will ensure that any utilization of the region’s natural resources is undertaken in a legal, sustainable and traceable way that guarantees long-term benefits to the region’s economies.


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

Aug 10, 2020
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This study provides recommendations for the future management of the Okromodou 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.

Comic Strip

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.

A picture of rangers.
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.


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.

Understanding Threats to West African Biodiversity and Linkages to Wildlife Trafficking: Togo Field Assessment Report

Jun 23, 2020

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.

A photo of a small nursery.
Research papers

Literature Review in Preparation of the Co-Management Plan for the Sherbro River Estuary

May 24, 2020
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The most important feature of the vegetation of the Sherbro River Estuary is its mangrove vegetation endowment. The estuary holds the largest area of pristine mangrove forests in the country and accounts for about 54% of the country’s mangrove resources. Compared to other major marine ecosystems, it also accounts for the largest mangrove cover per unit area of the estuarine ecology in the country


Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Guidelines

May 12, 2020
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WA BiCC ensures that its results contribute to the three USAID gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) outcomes: 1) Reduce gender disparities in access to, control over and benefit from resources, wealth, opportunities and services—economic, social, political, and cultural; 2) Reduce gender-based violence and mitigate its harmful effects on individuals and communities; and 3) Increase capability of women and girls to realize their rights, determine their life outcomes, and influence decision making in households, communities, and societies.

A stuffed crocodile for sale.

Understanding Threats to West African Biodiversity and Linkages to Wildlife Trafficking: Nigeria Field Assessment Report

Apr 30, 2020
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Nigeria is characterized by a very rich biodiversity, ranging from the river systems of the Niger Delta to the mountains that border Cameroon. In total, there are 274 mammals, 941 birds, 109 amphibians, 135 reptiles and 5209 species of flowering plants. Nigeria has 91 endemic flora species belonging to 44 families.

A Western chimpanzee.

Understanding Threats to West African Biodiversity and Linkages to Wildlife Trafficking: Guinea Field Assessment Report

Apr 30, 2020
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Guinea is home to approximately 3,273 species of animals and 3,076 species of plants. The country’s forests are considered among the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots.

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