Interactive Radio Program Increases Knowledge on Forest and Wildlife Conservation in West Africa

Nov 17, 2020
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By Darius Barrolle, Senior Communications Specialist   Once again, entertainment-education has proven to be an effective tool for increasing knowledge and promoting best practices in forest and wildlife conservation. After only 3 months of broadcast, the “Forest Blessings” radio drama and call-in show series has captured the hearts and minds of over 4 million people,…

Mist rising over the Gola Forest National Park in Liberia. Photo by David Goodman

Protecting Forests, People and the World: the Gola Transboundary Peace Park of Sierra Leone & Liberia Brings Hope

Oct 21, 2020
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By David Goodman   Beneath the thick canopy of West Africa’s forests, there are dark secrets. In the sleepy Liberian town of Mano River Congo, Sierra Leone beckons across the broad river. A lone border guard sits in a ramshackle shelter—a converted Ebola treatment unit—and checks the occasional visitor who arrives by boat. The golden…

Two elephants walking through the forest.

Elephants’ “Road Trip” from Guinea to Liberia Shows Promise of Transboundary Agreements

Sep 14, 2020
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By Chaz Kyser   Transboundary agreements between Guinea and Liberia to better protect and manage their shared forests and wildlife proved beneficial for two forest elephants that decided they didn’t need visas or face masks to travel between the two West African countries.   The elephants, “threatened with extinction” according to the Convention on the…

A front view of an elephant.

Elephants Against Climate Change

Aug 12, 2020
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By David Goodman   They are one of the shyest and most elusive inhabitants of West Africa. Now scientists have discovered that forest elephants play a key role in curbing global climate change. Unlike iconic savanna elephants that roam the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, African forest elephants are the smaller cousins that are found in…

Photo showing a man being taken away by police for attempting to sell a baby chimpanzee.

Improved Law Enforcement Coordination Leads to Two Convictions for Illegal Poaching and Pet Trading in Liberia

Jun 26, 2020
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By Jacob Tweh, Communication Officer, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation   For the first time in the Taï-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGKS) Transboundary Forest Landscape shared by Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, convictions have been made for illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking on the Liberian side. The quick crackdown on these unlawful acts is credited to the work of the Transboundary…


Forest Blessings Radio Drama Launched Across the Mano River Union

Jun 02, 2020
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“Forest Blessings,” a 24-episode radio drama series produced by the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, has officially launched in the Mano River Union (MRU) countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire. The drama was created to raise awareness about forest conservation issues, including deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss. These…

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Earth Day Ghana 2020 Video Contest

Mar 31, 2020

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…

A river flowing through the forest.

Liberia and Sierra Leone Reaffirm Commitment for the Conservation and Shared Management of Gola Forest

Feb 24, 2020
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By Chaz Kyser   Building on the governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia’s commitment to protect the Gola Transboundary Forest Landscape, officials representing the two West African countries gathered on February 18 at Liberia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia to sign amendments to their current memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the conservation of this…

A group of women walking through the forest.

How a Community EcoGuard Program Helped One Woman Go from School Dropout to Breadwinner

Dec 10, 2019
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By Jacob Tweh, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Many might have said that 16-year-old Linda Nyanway’s future looked bleak as she took her now-husband’s hand in marriage. Linda’s parents divorced when she was just three, leaving her to spend most of her childhood with her grandmother in River Gee County, Liberia. Her grandmother worked as a subsistence…


Guardians of the Forest

Dec 09, 2019
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Felicia Kyne may not look like a superhero. She can’t fly and does not carry magical weapons. But the soft-spoken 23-year-old woman from a remote village in Liberia is on the frontlines of a global battle to preserve biodiversity. Read the full story here.