Paramount Chiefs at the signing. Photo Credit: WA BiCC

Sierra Leone Re-Enforces its Commitment to the Effective Management of the Sherbro River Estuary

Oct 28, 2020
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By Darius Barrolle, Senior Communications Specialist   After 4 years of tireless efforts by the National Protected Areas Authority (NPAA) of Sierra Leone and the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program to strengthen local institutions for improved management of coastal Sierra Leone’s vast marine ecosystems, the Sherbro River Estuary (SRE) Co-Management…

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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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Coastal Communities in Sierra Leone Make Strides to Protect and Restore Their Mangroves

Jul 02, 2019
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The Sherbro River Estuary is one of four Sierra Leone coastal regions that was declared a Marine Protected Area in March 2012, recognizing the value of mangrove forests as critical to the success of the fisheries sector in the country. While this decision was a major step in the right direction, ongoing unsustainable practices and…

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Sierra Leone Validates Climate Change Adaptation Plan as Stakeholders Prepare for Action

May 23, 2019
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Sierra Leone is ranked among countries highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change; in 2017, Sierra Leone ranked third most vulnerable nation after Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau to adverse effects of climate change (, 2017). In the midst of this, the National Government and development partners are committed to taking urgent actions critical…

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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…


Into the Limelight; Fresco Project Launches

Mar 13, 2019
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The Fresco coastal landscape in Côte d’Ivoire harbors some of the country’s rich biodiversity hotspots and is noted for its contribution to fisheries food security. It was selected by USAID as a focal landscape for interventions by USAID’s West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC) based on scoping work undertaken during Program design.…

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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.

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Increasing Coastal Resilience to Climate Change Brief

Jan 18, 2019
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The coastal ecosystems of West Africa are a rich source of biological diversity and natural resources. They provide critical environmental services: natural vegetative buffers to fluctuating tides and rain events; regulation of salinity and water quality where freshwater rivers and coastal saltwater meet; fixation and storage of carbon; and spawning grounds for aquatic resources. Learn…



Jan 17, 2019
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We undertook this coastal climate change vulnerability assessment (VA) is to understand factors that contribute to the vulnerability and resilience of communities and mangrove ecosystems in coastal Sierra Leone. The goal is to inform the design of project interventions, including climate adaptation activities under the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program.