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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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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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The Training of Female Community Ecoguards Boosts Protection of Liberia’s National Parks

May 22, 2019
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All over the world, women are excelling in roles that were previously reserved for men. Living proof of this paradigm shift can be found in Liberia, where more and more women are training to be Community Ecoguards, a position that has since been perceived as male-dominated at Grebo-Krahn National Park. The active participation of women…

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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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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.

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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…

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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…