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West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Project

This five-year, $48.9 million dollar project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) addresses direct and indirect drivers of natural resource degradation to improve livelihoods and natural ecosystems across the West Africa region. The project will work with partners at the community, national, and regional levels, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Manu River Union (MRU), to strengthen policies and systems that will improve natural resource management and the health and resilience of selected coastal and upland forest ecosystems. The project is divided into three components: combating wildlife trafficking, building coastal climate resilience, and improving forest conservation through a landscape approach.

An implementing partner with Tetratech, CIESIN contributes to the last two components through coastal vulnerability assessment, climate information for adaptation, and remote sensing analysis for forest carbon assessment.

CIESIN conducted an in depth vulnerability assessment of the coastal (mangrove) communities of Sierra Leone, addressing both the social and ecosystem vulnerability. This page provides access to an abridged version (approximately 48 pages), and the full report (approximately 200 pages).

CIESIN also conducted a remote sensing-based analysis of the mangrove forest cover change from 1990 to 2016. This is described in the following journal article:

  • Mondal, P., S. Trzaska, and A. de Sherbinin. 2018. Landsat-Derived Estimates of Mangrove Extents in the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex during 1990—2016. Sensors, 18(1), 12;

For more information on WA BiCC, visit the project Facebook page.

This page last modified: Jan 30, 2018