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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…

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Strengthening Regional Partnership for Sustainable Natural Resource Management

May 22, 2019
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In a bid to further strengthen the working relationship between the Mano River Union (MRU) and the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Freetown, Sierra Leone on February 20, 2019. The MOU was designed to support activities to combat wildlife trafficking; increase…

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The Abidjan Convention Strategic Role in Ocean Governance

May 22, 2019
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A key principle of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WA BiCC) Program is to work in partnership with regional partner institutions to strengthen and enhance their capacity. This is to most effectively address those environmental issues that underpin their core mandates. The support provided through these partnerships is mutual, as it also enhances WA…

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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…

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Three Steps Forward for Transboundary Collaboration between Guinea and Liberia

Mar 19, 2019
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Representatives of two of West Africa’s most important forest nations, Guinea and Liberia, have made strong commitments to continue conserving the Upper Guinean forest ecosystem, and to manage these globally unique forests for the wellbeing of people on both sides of the border. Converging at the Voinjama, Liberia City Hall on February 5-6, 2019, stakeholders…

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ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

Feb 12, 2019
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Community Youth Join the Ranks to Protect the Wonegizi Forest A major factor and critical step in successful conservation is getting people to understand and appreciate the value of biodiversity in all of its aspects. Biodiversity is a scientific concept that has many similarities to traditional conservation and respect for the living world. Therefore, another…

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Liberia-Guinea to sign Framework on Trans-boundary Forest Conservation

Feb 08, 2019
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Voinjama, Liberia- The governments of Liberia and Guinea are to shortly signed a bilateral framework agreement on the conservation and sustainable management of the Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi Transboundary Forest Landscape in Liberia’s northwestern Lofa County. The decision follows a two-day validation meeting of two key instruments, which brought together 71 representatives from the both countries in Liberia Northwestern…

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Using Vulnerability Assessments to Manage Climate Risks on West Africa’s Coasts

Oct 27, 2018
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Many communities along the coast of West Africa are susceptible to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, unpredictable weather patterns, and increased flooding. These impacts, which threaten properties and human lives, are further exacerbated by other human-induced risks stemming from the unsustainable use of natural resources. These include risks like unplanned development…

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Breaking Silos in the Mano River Union Transboundary Landscapes: Guinea, Liberia and Partners Come Together to Launch Conservation Initiative

Oct 22, 2018
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The “Conservation and Connection of Ziama-Wonegizi-Wologizi (ZWW) Forest Landscape between Guinea and Liberia” initiative was launched on October 19, 2018 in N’Zerekore, the capital of Guinea’s Forest Region. The objective of the initiative, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program, is…

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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…