Deforestation, forest degradation, poaching, and environmental problems caused by climate change pose serious threats to many of West Africa’s already fragile ecosystems, including the region’s biodiversity-rich forests. Award-winning international journalist David Goodman learned about the severity of these threats as he traveled to the countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia to document the work of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program. During his travels, Goodman saw firsthand how the countries’ natural resources are under unprecedented pressure, and how the threats are impacting the livelihoods of many.
Pressure and harsh realities are not new to the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Both countries experienced civil wars between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, and both countries continue to rebuild after the deadly Ebola outbreaks of 2014 and 2015. However, if you are familiar with the survival stories of Sierra Leone and Liberia over the last few decades, you would know that the spirit of the people is built on the foundations of resilience and adaptation.
In "Resilient West Africa," the spirit of the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia are captured in seven of Goodman’s stories that highlight the successes and challenges faced in preserving ecosystems and improving conservation. Additionally, through captivating images and informative text, he educates readers on WA BiCC’s activities in these critical areas. From “Honey Money,” which celebrates people harnessing Liberia’s rich bee population to produce some of the best honey on the continent, to the story of a hunter who kills wildlife even though he knows it’s wrong, readers will be immersed in some of the daily strides and challenges of people trying to earn a living and protect.
West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change program
The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program is a 5-year learning program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).