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Our Biodiversity, Our Future: Liberia Marks World Biodiversity Day 2019 to Draw Attention to the Threat of Illegal Wildlife Trade

May 22, 2019
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Liberia is on track to losing significant populations of its wildlife and stands a risk of having some of its critically endangered species being completely wiped out in ten years if no action is taken. Mama Liberia is blessed with the largest remaining portion (42%) of the Upper Guinea rainforest; a forest that runs through…

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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…

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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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“Individual Actions, Matter”: USAID Mission Director Praises the Work of a WA BiCC Staffer in Rescuing a Pangolin.

Sep 05, 2018
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USAID West Africa’s Mission Director Daniel Moore has commended the actions of individual WA BiCC program staff and partners, following the successful rescue of an endangered pangolin. The story highlights the importance of raising awareness of critical conservation issues in our communities. Director Moore, who was speaking at a WA BiCC planning event, recognized the…

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West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife; Day 3

Jul 27, 2018
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Building further on the momentum of Days 1 and 2, Day 3 got underway with the usual recap of the previous day’s activities. This quickly segued into a presentation by the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention, Abou Bamba, on the structure and function of the Partnership. He introduced the Terms of Reference for the…

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West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife; Day 2

Jul 25, 2018
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After a positive tone and momentum was firmly established on Day 1, the second day of the Abidjan Aquatic Wildlife Partnership Workshop got underway with a recap of the first day’s proceedings. Participants then dived into a plenary discussion focused on ensuring that the Mission of the AAWP aligns with the spirit and letter of…

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West & Central African Conservationists Launch new Effort to Save Aquatic Wildlife

Jul 24, 2018
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Over the years, in wildlife conservation, there has been a lot of targeted effort into saving and conservation of terrestrial species, however their aquatic counterparts have not received as much attention. Interestingly, these aquatic species are under equal threat, some of which we do not fully understand due to the lack of data, especially in…

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Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa; Day 3 Summary

Jul 05, 2018
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The third and final day of the workshop on “Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa” started with a review of the draft recommendations to high level decision-makers in a Plenary session. Following this important step, the CITES management authority representative from Benin presented the final version of the “Strategic Areas of…

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Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa; Day 2 Summary

Jul 04, 2018
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Following up on the progress made on the first day of the workshop on “Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa”, Day 2 started early with a breakout session where the countries worked together to refine draft priority needs assessments and associated recommendations. Discussions emphasized the way each country is invested in…

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Developing a Coordinated Response to Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa; Day 1 Summary

Jul 03, 2018
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For almost every problem, there is a solution, especially if those impacted come together to work on effective solutions. To effectively solve a problem however, there is a need to fully understand the problem and all its complexities such as underlying causes, what is driving the problem, who is benefiting and who is losing, and…