A man points at a field of newly planted mangrove seedlings.


At a Glance

The West Africa Regional Mission serves Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and The Gambia.
West Africa’s rich forest and coastal resources are increasingly at risk due to recurrent droughts, rising sea levels and deforestation with large consequences for economic development and food security. To address the region’s vulnerability to climate change and climate-related shocks, USAID is working with countries to improve the management of forests and mangroves, with the twin goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing sequestration and increasing the resilience of the region’s coastal communities and upland systems. Clean energy programming will provide assistance to help eliminate the main obstacles to investment in low emissions development.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas



Coastal Zones

Human Health

Water Resources

Country Climate Context

Population (2023)

5.5 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Funding & Key indicators

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2022)


$7.5 Million


$3.5 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$4 Million

Hectares Under Improved Management Expected to Reduce GHG Emissions (2022)


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Liberia

Liberia Photo Gallery

2021_Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability_Cover
Technical Report

Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability Final Report


Prêts Énergies Renouvelables en Afrique de l’Ouest

Stories from the Area

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