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The Abidjan Convention Strategic Role in Ocean Governance

May 22, 2019
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A key principle of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WA BiCC) Program is to work in partnership with regional partner institutions to strengthen and enhance their capacity. This is to most effectively address those environmental issues that underpin their core mandates. The support provided through these partnerships is mutual, as it also enhances WA…

Fact Sheets

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…

Press Releases

Coastal Resilience Project Launches in Fresco – Cote D’ivoire, to Protect Ecosystems and Improve Lives of Thousands

Feb 21, 2019
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Fresco – Cote d’Ivoire, February 13 – A new Initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is being launched in Fresco, southern Côte d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, February 13, to promote the wellbeing of households living in an area that is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and an urgent need…


Scoping Study Report on Aquatic ETPs

Jan 21, 2019
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This study was done to assess the knowledge base of Aquatic endangered species in the West Africa Region.


Perspectives from West Africa on Wetlands and Urbanization

Nov 01, 2018
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There is no denying the recent spike in urbanization across the coast of West Africa: about 70% of urban and economic centers in the region can now be found along the coast. The growing populations put a tremendous amount of pressure on natural resources in the area, and the impacts are expected to be intensified…


Using Vulnerability Assessments to Manage Climate Risks on West Africa’s Coasts

Oct 27, 2018
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Many communities along the coast of West Africa are susceptible to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, unpredictable weather patterns, and increased flooding. These impacts, which threaten properties and human lives, are further exacerbated by other human-induced risks stemming from the unsustainable use of natural resources. These include risks like unplanned development…


West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife; Day 3

Jul 27, 2018
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Building further on the momentum of Days 1 and 2, Day 3 got underway with the usual recap of the previous day’s activities. This quickly segued into a presentation by the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention, Abou Bamba, on the structure and function of the Partnership. He introduced the Terms of Reference for the…


West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife; Day 2

Jul 25, 2018
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After a positive tone and momentum was firmly established on Day 1, the second day of the Abidjan Aquatic Wildlife Partnership Workshop got underway with a recap of the first day’s proceedings. Participants then dived into a plenary discussion focused on ensuring that the Mission of the AAWP aligns with the spirit and letter of…


West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife

Jul 24, 2018
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Over the years, in wildlife conservation, there has been a lot of targeted effort into saving and conservation of terrestrial species, however their aquatic counterparts have not received as much attention. Interestingly, these aquatic species are under equal threat, some of which we do not fully understand due to the lack of data, especially in…


Ghana organizes 1st National Sea Turtle Conference

Mar 20, 2018
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The Wildlife Division hosted the maiden Ghana National Sea Turtle Conference in Accra, Ghana, with support from United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Gulf Coast University, WA BiCC, and Voltic Water. This was aimed at bringing together businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies in Ghana whose activities affect the conservation of sea turtles, positively or…