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Emerging Leaders Provide New Research and Tools to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Jun 03, 2020
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Those committed to combating the illegal trade of animal and plant life across West Africa, or interested in learning how they can become more engaged, now have a new tool at their disposal. A compendium of research by 26 West African researchers on issues related to the effective implementation of the Convention on the International…

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ECOWAS Ministers Adopt Strategic Documents for a Cleaner, Sustainable Environment

Feb 14, 2020

By Adejumobi Adegbite   Ministers representing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted the revised Environmental Action Plan (EAP) and associated Monitoring & Evaluation Plan (MEP) of the ECOWAS Directorate of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which were submitted for adoption during a three-day Experts and Ministers Meeting at the Ouagadougou International…


Training of Judges and Prosecutors on Wildlife Crime Issues

Nov 07, 2019
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In collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Forestry of Côte d’Ivoire, WA BiCC organized a training workshop for French-speaking ECOWAS member states from the 21st to the 25th of October on the application of CITES by judges and prosecutors. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen their capacity to support the CITES Management…

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My first ever CITES CoP as a Communicator, an Environmentalist, and a West African.

Sep 03, 2019
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In Robert Cialdini’s (Ph.D) book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”, he explains the power of reciprocation in advocacy, and brings the common saying, “One good deed deserves another” to life. He gives powerful examples of how people feel obliged to return a favor. Since reading this book about four years ago, I have used some…

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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 (GlobalSecurity.org, 2017). In the midst of this, the National Government and development partners are committed to taking urgent actions critical…

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.

Fact Sheets

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…