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Building Global Expertise: Celebrating the Successes of the ‘CITES Master’s Program’

Sep 01, 2019
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“The world needs a dedicated network of experienced, knowledgeable and educated people to share their diverse views and negotiation skills to bring about positive outcomes for the world and for conservation” remarked Pamela Scruggs of the US Fish and Wildlife Service during a CITES CoP 18 side-event celebrating the success of the CITES Master’s degree…

Press Releases

In the Fight against Wildlife Crime, ECOWAS Member States adopt the “Abuja Declaration on Conservation Priorities for the 18th Meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties 2019”

Apr 08, 2019
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Abuja, Nigeria, 29 March 2019 – In the face of continued levels of illegal wildlife trade, which is destroying the natural and cultural heritage of their region and undermines sovereign efforts to manage their own resources, West African nations, under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met to define a…


Nigeria Gears Up to Combat Wildlife Crime

Mar 29, 2019
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Porous borders. Lack of awareness. Commit to change. Certain phrases kept resonating at a high-level stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, that convened government agencies and their private sector and civil society partners intent on combatting wildlife crime in Nigeria and along its borders. Wildlife crime, which includes trafficking and illegal trade…


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.

Fact Sheets

Combating Wildlife Trafficking Brief

Jan 18, 2019
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Wildlife trafficking is a global menace that not only deplete wildlife population but also cause loss of lives and human security. Learn more about this and what we are doing to combat it.

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Breaking Silos in the Mano River Union Transboundary Landscapes: Guinea, Liberia and Partners Come Together to Launch Conservation Initiative

Oct 22, 2018
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The “Conservation and Connection of Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi (ZWW) Forest Landscape between Guinea and Liberia” initiative was launched on October 19, 2018 in N’Zerekore, the capital of Guinea’s Forest Region. The objective of the initiative, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, is…

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“Individual Actions, Matter”: USAID Mission Director Praises the Work of a WA BiCC Staffer in Rescuing a Pangolin.

Sep 05, 2018
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USAID West Africa’s Mission Director Daniel Moore has commended the actions of individual WA BiCC program staff and partners, following the successful rescue of an endangered pangolin. The story highlights the importance of raising awareness of critical conservation issues in our communities. Director Moore, who was speaking at a WA BiCC planning event, recognized the…


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…


Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa; Day 3 Summary

Jul 05, 2018
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The third and final day of the workshop on “Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa” started with a review of the draft recommendations to high level decision-makers in a Plenary session. Following this important step, the CITES management authority representative from Benin presented the final version of the “Strategic Areas of…


Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa; Day 2 Summary

Jul 04, 2018
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Following up on the progress made on the first day of the workshop on “Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa”, Day 2 started early with a breakout session where the countries worked together to refine draft priority needs assessments and associated recommendations. Discussions emphasized the way each country is invested in…