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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…

A group of men standing and taking measurements in the estuary.

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…


Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia Form New Law Enforcement Committee to Protect the Transboundary Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo Forest

Dec 04, 2018
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Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia are making headway in their steadfast commitment to protecting the unparalleled biodiversity of the Tai-Grebo-Krahn-Sapo (TGS) Forest and related Protected Areas, which straddle the border between the two countries. A first for both countries, the Transboundary Law Enforcement Committee was established to support effective management of the forest landscape and is…


Advancing Conservation in West Africa through the ECOWAS Environmental Action Plan

Sep 14, 2018
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Image: Participants at the Environmental Action Plan Validation Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria. In May 2018, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC) hosted a workshop to validate two critical documents to support the work of the Directorate. One was the revised version of…

Photo shows the Mission Director for USAID West Africa at the podium of the annual Validation Workshop

USAID West Africa Mission Director Applauds Regional Partners’ Efforts at Addressing Threats to Natural Resources

Sep 05, 2018
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USAID West Africa Mission Director, Daniel Moore, has underscored the importance of the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC) and the efforts of its regional partners towards safeguarding a sustainable future. Director Moore made the statement at the annual WA BiCC coordination meeting, which marks his first official assignment as West Africa…