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Earth Institute Research Projects

West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change

Lead PI: Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin

Unit Affiliation: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

June 2015 - September 2020
Active
Africa ; West Africa
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: WA-BiCC addresses both direct and indirect drivers of natural resource degradation to improve livelihoods and natural ecosystems across the region. The project works with partners at the community, national and regional levels to strengthen policies and systems that will improve natural resource management and the health and resilience of selected coastal and upland forest ecosystems.

OUTCOMES: CIESIN conducted a vulnerability assessment and assessed the change in mangrove areas in coastal areas of Sierra Leone, conducted training in climate information provision for adaptation planning, and developed a living manual on climate information for adaptation.

SPONSOR:

Tetra Tech ARD

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

U.S. Agency for International Development

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$902,504

PUBLICATIONS:

Publications for the Sierra Leone VA and mangrove mapping are available at http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/wa-bicc/. The living manual is available through https://www.wabicc.org/en/.

KEYWORDS

biodiversity policy ecosystems climate change resilience

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet