West and Central Africa

A Brazza monkey in the Tri-National de la Sangha Conservation Area, Congo
IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair West and Central Africa Charlotte Karibuhoye     Countries of the Region Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African...
Ethiopian Wolf, canis simensis
In partnership with the European Commission, IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species (SOS) is delighted to confirm the first ten projects for funding through...
This first phase of funding totals more than EUR 2 million and comes after an initial call for proposals earlier in 2017. It will support projects in 8 countries targeting 8 species including lions,...
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Every year World Water Week draws the global spotlight onto the world’s water challenges and opportunities. This year, the focus is on wastewater....
  ‘Water and waste: reduce and reuse’, is the tagline of this year’s World Water Week (WWW) taking place in Stockholm from 27 August to 1 September. The IUCN Global Water Programme, along...
Engaging all actors in sustainable and equitable water management
The Water Resources and Wetlands Programme (PREZOH) is a thematic programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Central and West African Office (IUCN-PACO). Since 2006, the...
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The Global Water Initiative in West Africa is an action-research and advocacy project. We work with family farmers and governments to shape policies...
About GWI The Global Water Initiative (GWI) works to improve water management policies, research, investment and knowledge resources for sustainable agricultural production and improved food...
Shell Nigeria conducts field trials in the Niger Delta
In a newly published study, the most effective way to break down hydrocarbon in oil contaminated soil in the Niger Delta has been examined. The study...
Nigeria’s Niger Delta has seen oil and gas extraction since the 1950s and has sadly experienced oil spills due to theft, sabotage and industrial accidents. These oil spills have negatively impacted...
The 78th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, held in Monrovia, Liberia, on 1 and 2 June 2017, adopted the Directive on the...
The adoption of the directive by ECOWAS is an important step for the construction of better dams. States will have to transpose it into their legislation, in principle within three years. This...
GWI West Africa has released a new animation explaining how agreements between government and affected communities can be put in place to ensure...
Dam building has caused controversy when local communities, whose lives have been uprooted to make way for the dam, have not received the livelihood opportunities, compensation and/or services...
A key decision of the World Heritage Committee in 2017 was the removal of Côte d’Ivoire’s Comoé National Park from the List of World Heritage in...
Comoé National Park is the first World Heritage site to be removed from the ‘danger list’ in West and Central Africa in over 10 years. The region boasts 20 natural World Heritage sites, home to...
A new animation, produced by GWI West Africa, unpicks the challenges around getting fair compensation for affected people, and sets out the various...
For a dam to contribute successfully to the sustainable development of society, local people must also benefit. And since the livelihoods of people in rural societies depend on land, proper land...
A new animation from GWI West Africa, one in a three-part series, explains how local development funds can provide long-term financing to communities...
As the three-minute video, "Sharing the revenue from large dams to support local development", explains, these funds work by channelling a portion of a dam’s revenue stream towards the development of...
Stakeholders in the irrigation and rural land tenure areas in Niger met on 16 and 17 June in Konni to approve the guide that will allow to carry out...
A workshop was held in Konni, Niger, on 16 and 17 June, to present and approve the guide on securing land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger, based on the pilot experience that was led in Namardé...

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