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WA BiCC‘s Contribution to the Abidjan Convention: Development, Adoption, and Initial Implementation of the Convention’s Protocol on Sustainable Mangrove Management

Oct 07, 2019
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This document presents some key aspects of the partnership between the Abidjan Convention and the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC). Its aim is to learn, provide insights, and share perceptions and perspectives about the contributions of WA BiCC in the development, adoption, ratification, domestication, and initial implementation of the Protocol on Sustainable Mangrove Management.

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Presentations

Harnessing Tools & Technologies for Wildlife Law Enforcement: CITES CoP18 Side Event Presentations:

Aug 21, 2019
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Various types of tools and technologies exist ranging from tools for training including but not limited to manuals or digital training courses, tools for species identification including keys and applications for identifying sharks, pangolins or other species, and tools for communication and coordination. The major constraint for enforcement agencies and decision-makers in West Africa particularly is however, the lack of awareness of, resources and understanding of the requirements and processes for accessing and effectively using the most appropriate and context adapted tools and technologies. This side event offered African delegates to the 18th CoP of CITES, an opportunity to interact with key partners with knowledge and shared experiences in developing, using or managing various training, identification and/or coordination tools for wildlife law enforcement.

Activity Brief

Building Regional Consensus, Capacity to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Aug 20, 2019
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In 2017, WA BiCC launched a comprehensive and extensive assessment of the state and dynamics of wildlife crime and trafficking in 7 of the 15 ECOWAS Member States. Based on the outcomes of these Regional Combatting Wildlife Trafficking/Biodiversity Threats Assessments (TAs), and at the request of other ECOWAS member countries, an additional 6 TAs were scheduled to get underway in 2019. The objectives of the TAs are threefold. Firstly, to evaluate the status and effectiveness of existing policies and judicial frameworks to identify the legislative gaps that constrain the fight against wildlife trafficking in West Africa. Secondly, to document perceived and evidence-based impacts of wildlife trafficking on West African biodiversity by country and species. Thirdly, to synthesize the findings and establish the first ever regional baseline on the status of wildlife trafficking in the region and define West Africa’s role as a source and as a transit destination for trafficked species from elsewhere on the continent. The findings will be used to develop and implement a West Africa-wide Strategy to tackle this scourge.

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#CITESCoP18: Activity Summary for WA BiCC and Partners

Aug 17, 2019
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The USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC), in collaboration with a diverse set of partners, is organizing four side events to engage key stakeholders, including CITES Parties and the Secretariat, on efforts in West Africa on Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT). The side events will focus on policy development, capacity building, existing and potential partnerships and wildlife law enforcement tools and technologies.

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Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking For Prosecutors and Judicial Officers – Lomé Report

Jul 23, 2019
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As wildlife trafficking continues to devastate ecosystems in Central and Western Africa, the prosecution of environmental crimes is becoming increasingly important. However, bringing justice for these crimes is difficult, as many wildlife criminals that are seized or arrested in the region are not prosecuted or receive weak penalties. To combat this problem, several international agencies — the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and the US Department of State’s USAID West Africa Regional Mission — worked to create two workshops educating judges and lawyers on how to prosecute environmental crimes.

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Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking For Prosecutors and Judicial Officers – Accra Report

Jul 23, 2019
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In anticipation of new baselines on threats to biodiversity, and to determine ways of strengthening policy implementation, WA BiCC decided to initiate awareness-raising and capacity-strengthening programs for stakeholders. They held a workshop that addressed wildlife trafficking issues and wildlife legislation, while exploring the roles stakeholders — judges, prosecutors, and investigators — might play in finding a solution. One of the largest problems to overcome was the fact that many arrested wildlife criminals receive weak penalties at best.

Presentations

Advanced Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking for Prosecutors and Judicial Officers Presentations

Mar 27, 2019


Here are the presentations from the Advanced Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking for Prosecutors and Judicial Officers; a capacity building program designed to enhance the ability of African countries to prosecute wildlife trafficking and related crimes through the application of best practices and maximum use of available criminal law enforcement tools.

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Strengthening Climate Change Resilience in the Fresco Coastal Landscape, Côte d’Ivoire

Mar 20, 2019
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The Fresco coastal landscape includes the Fresco Lagoon and the Bolo and Niouniourou rivers which feed the lagoon with fresh water. Known locally as Koyiri, the lagoon lies in the administrative region of Gbokle. It has been classified as a Ramsar Site due to its rich biodiversity, including several endangered species like the manatee and…

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