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A Reflection on World Environment Day: Is There Really A Silver Lining for Nature Amidst This Pandemic?

Jun 04, 2020
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By Edudzi Nyomi, WA BiCC Communications Specialist In the early weeks of self-isolation and physical distancing, a few curious friends asked my opinion about the supposed positive environmental effects of COVID-19 stemming from us staying at home. The question remains legitimate even as countries around the world—including Ghana, where I live—have substantially eased restrictions on…

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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest Results!

Apr 22, 2020
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The results are in for WA BiCC’s Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contests, organized in partnership with the Ghana Wildlife Division, A Rocha Ghana and Kali Etch! Altogether, WA BiCC received 70 submissions, all showcasing students’ creativity, smarts, and passion for protecting our planet. Check out the first-, second- and third-place winners and their videos!…

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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest

Mar 31, 2020
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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 17!! April 22nd will mark 50 years of Earth Day and this year’s theme is Climate Action. As Ghana and other nations seek to combat the threat of coronavirus, we must also be aware that climate change represents the biggest challenge to…

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Climate Information Training Helps Sierra Leone Better Tackle Climate Change

Mar 18, 2020
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By Fatmata Katta   For those charged with helping their countries both adapt to and combat climate change, understanding and being able to leverage climate information is critical. This is particularly true for Sierra Leone, recognized as the third most vulnerable country in the world to the effects of climate change. Thus, WA BiCC and…

Photo of the poster used to market the Watasay Stone radio drama series. It features a man pointing to a storm about the descend on the village, and comments on how storms like this could be prevented if the community stops cutting down mangrove trees.
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WA BiCC and UNDP Scale Up Entertainment-Education Efforts to Increase Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Sierra Leone

Mar 11, 2020
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By Darius Barrolle   Radio dramas are a part of Sierra Leone’s rich culture; hence, it is no surprise that “Watasay Ston,” a new radio drama series and form of entertainment-education, has quickly emerged as one of the most popular in the country. One reason behind its success is that all stakeholders, including the government,…

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Sierra Leone Commemorates World Wetlands Day with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Feb 14, 2020
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By Fatmata Katta   Sierra Leone marked this year’s World Wetlands Day celebration with the launch of its Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP), a document that WA BiCC played a key role in developing. The CCAP sets the framework for an adaptation plan that is geared towards increasing the resilience of coastal communities across Sierra…

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Newly Elected Co-Management Committee Pledge to Protect Sierra Leone’s Sherbro River Estuary

Feb 10, 2020
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By Fatmata Katta   Sierra Leone’s Sherbro River Estuary (SRE) is rich in biodiversity, including turtles, manatees, sharks and crocodiles. Designated as one of the country’s four marine protected areas, the region is also reported to host about 58% of Sierra Leone’s total mangroves, and other coastal habitats in the region include beautiful sandy beaches,…

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Mapping of the Sherbro River Estuary: A Step Toward Biodiversity Protection in Sierra Leone

Dec 04, 2019
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By Zebedee Njisuh, WA BiCC Landscape Manager The recent field mapping exercise of the Sherbro River Estuary (SRE) marked a fresh approach to field mapping in Sierra Leone; one that recognized community members as important stakeholders to environmental sustainability. The mapping activity is a collaborative effort among USAID’s West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA…

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A New Radio Drama Series Launched to Increase Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Sierra Leone

Sep 09, 2019
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Perhaps it was on the news, in an online campaign, or in a textbook. Whichever the case may be, it is unlikely you last learned about climate change while tuning in to your favorite radio drama. But residents of coastal communities in Sierra Leone can now experience this unique opportunity, thanks to the launch of…

A youth in Gbongboma and the WA BiCC Community Animator in the region monitoring the growth of the mangrove seedlings in their restored site.
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Mangrove Restoration Training Motivates a Sierra Leone Coastal Community to Expand its Restoration Efforts

Aug 26, 2019
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As rising sea levels threaten West Africa’s coasts, communities large and small are looking to mangrove restoration as an essential protective measure. However, getting a mangrove nursery off the ground requires three to six months of dedicated community inputs including time and labor, and finding sufficient time and energy can be a struggle given other…