CCPAWA is a regional-scale project focused on climate change and protected area issues, which will build capacity to better understand and manage protected areas in West Africa in the context of climate change. The project focuses on five core countries in West Africa (Chad, the Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Togo), but will work to address the issues at a regional scale. Protected areas have long been used as a mechanism for conserving multiple biodiversity values. This mechanism is, however, already under heavy and increasing pressure from anthropogenic and other threats, and climate change will intensify this pressure further. The project’s overall goal is:

‘Conservation and sustainable management of representative protected area ecosystems in West Africa is enhanced through strengthened assessment and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.’

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