Guinean Forests of West Africa

Ghana Recognizes Performing Arts Pioneer: Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency recently declared veteran campaigner Selete Nyomi an “Environmental Personality of the Year” for the country’s central region. Supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Nyomi’s work with the AGORO Centre for Intercultural Learning and Talent Development focused on collaborative public awareness, education, and community outreach programs in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot. In particular, Nyomi worked with local communities around Ghana’s Kakum National Park, raising awareness about the benefits of conservation through innovative dance, drama, and music programs.

For more information, contact , director, AGORO Centre for Intercultural Learning and Talent Development.

- December 2006

May 2006
Unity in Action in Sierra Leone
A coalition of nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and community-based groups is helping to protect the resources of Sierra Leone’s forests by engaging local civil society in conservation efforts.

December 2005
New Funds Herald New Era for Liberia’s Sapo National Park
With help from a CEPF grant, Fauna & Flora International supported Sapo National Park through Liberia's turbulent past. With the recent end to hostilities there, however, a new grant from the Global Environment Facility ensures a secure future for this national park in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot.

October 2005
A Sky Without Vultures Points to Ecosystem in Peril

Over the last 30 years, populations of six West African vulture species have drastically declined, underscoring the critical state of the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot.

May 2005
A Missahoe Metamorphosis
Nyanu Prosper has been passionate about the butterflies of Togo from an early age. He made a living catching and selling them in display cases until he discovered what he was doing to his beloved butterflies and the forest the sustains them. He now devotes his time to restoring the forest of Missahoe.

May 2005
World Bank and CEPF Build Greater Links in Africa
Representatives from the World Bank, CEPF, the United Nations Development Program, and governments from several African countries met in late April at the second in a series of regional meetings to explore how to improve linkages between the CEPF initiative and Bank operations.

December 2004
Multimedia Village Campaign Helps Conserve Chimpanzees in Côte d'Ivoire
It’s African tradition that village meetings carry great importance—which is one reason why a conservation initiative incorporating theater, film and a cartoon newsletter within village gatherings in Côte d'Ivoire is yielding early results.

November 2004
New RAP Scientists in West Africa
Some seven new scientists are fully trained and available to conduct Rapid Assessment Program surveys in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot as a result of a recently concluded project.

November 2004
Marketing Social Change
Thirteen individuals in nine biodiversity hotspots are being trained in social marketing and the art of convincing local communities and governments that conservation is key. The project brings promising individuals and local groups together with the support of Rare and Conservation International’s global communications team

April 2004
Action Plan for West African Chimpanzees
A new action plan for the conservation of West African chimpanzees is already increasing momentum, networking and donor commitments in the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot.

March 2004
RAP Team Discovers New Species in Ghana
A recent rapid assessment of four of southwest Ghana's Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas yielded exciting results, including the discovery of a new frog species and the observation of chimpanzees, duikers and Endangered forest elephants.

March 2004
Tracking Elephant Killings
The Long-term System for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) project is charged with setting up on-the-ground monitoring of elephant populations in Africa and Asia. It’s also providing the first intergovernmental system of elephant data collection of its kind. Ultimately the assessments taking place though MIKE will act as benchmarks for entire African ecosystems.

January 2004
Connecting Conservationists In Africa
Information is key to effective conservation: collecting it, making sense of it and doing something with it. Two former Reuters news service correspondents, a chartered accountant and others have teamed together to develop a news service about Africa that will work in all three of these areas in the first dedicated service of its kind. And now you can help.

October 2003
Outgoing Liberian Government Passes Forest Protection Laws
Just before a transitional government took its place in Liberia on Oct. 14, outgoing President Moses Blah signed three landmark laws representing an important step forward in securing protection for Liberia’s globally important biodiversity.

August 2003
Guinea Fish Study Lays Ground for Improved Conservation
Biologists from Guinea and the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) in the United States have joined forces to produce studies and management recommendations on the fish populations and habitat of the Coastal Mangrove Zone and Fouta-Djalon regions of Guinea in the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot.

March 2003
Eavesdropping on Elephants
Katharine Payne discovered that elephants, like the great blue and fin whales, use sounds below the range of human hearing. Now Payne and her colleagues at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are designing a new way to capture this infrasonic communication and use it to monitor the size and well being of Africa's elusive forest elephants.

February 2003
Planning Leads to Project Success in Côte d'Ivoire
"With hindsight, I would say that there is nothing we should have done differently." So says Roger Safford of BirdLife International about the organization's project that has successfully established a nationally driven management and conservation system for Mont Péko National Park in Côte d'Ivoire.

February 2003
Environmental Foundation for Africa, Communities Restore Tiwai Island
While peace has arrived in Sierra Leone, reconstruction poses new challenges to a country already ravaged by civil war. Less obvious is the need to guard against further environmental damage as individuals, families and the country rebuild. One project could become a model.

January 2003
Chiefs Join Bushmeat Campaign in Ghana
Clan leaders in Ghana wield more influence over their subjects than even Ghana's president. Now the clan chiefs from Ghana's 10 major regions have become a leading force in CI's ambitious campaign to stop the growing trade in wild animals for food that threatens many of the country's endangered species.

September 2003
CI Targets Critical Threat to Biodiversity in Ghana
Conservation International launched an ambitious public awareness campaign in Ghana in late August to stop a growing trade in wild animals for food that threatens many endangered species. While meat from wild animals provides important protein for rural communities, the scale of consumption is now causing irreversible declines in important animal populations.

August 2003
Students Get Off to Strong Start for Conservation Education
Amid the diverse student population of Kent University in England, a multinational team is nearing the end of an intensive 10 weeks of specialized training to become community educators with a single mission: to promote local pride in the environment in some of the planet's most threatened ecosystems.

August 2002
Sharing Knowledge of Conservation Priorities in West Africa
The Upper Guinean Forest stretches approximately 420,000 square kilometers across six countries, but centuries of human activity have resulted in a loss of more than 70 percent of the original forest cover and left the remaining forest highly fragmented. Determining where and how best to focus conservation efforts is vital for lasting success but so, too, is widely sharing the results. One project is helping meet the challenge.

June 2002
Survey Finds Surprising Diversity but Warns of Disappearing Species
The Volta-Togo highlands in the Guinean Forests of West Africa hotspot harbor more amphibian species than previously thought, according to the results of a new CEPF-funded herpetological survey. However, the survey failed to find previously recorded species and recommends urgent action to protect remaining forest fragments and avoid extinctions.

April 2002
Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants
Assessing the impact of international trade decisions is a complex business. In the case of elephants, an unprecedented system is being put in place to track developments on the ground and to help determine trends and causes in changing populations.