The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program started in 2015 in the framework of the partnership between USAID and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission. This program has three components:

  • Tackling the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora in West Africa
  • Integrating coastal zone management
  • Reducing carbon emissions caused by deforestation and land degradation

As part of the effort to build national capacities to tackle wildlife crime in the ECOWAS region, two cohorts of experts—26 in all—obtained specialist Master of Science degrees in implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from the University of Andalucía, Spain. Working in their home countries, they looked at different aspects of monitoring national commitments to the CITES.

West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
July 21, 2020
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