A man shovels sand in an arid environment.


At a Glance

The West Africa Regional Mission serves Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, 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 (2018) for more information.

    Climate Projections


    Increased/More Frequent Precipitation


    Decreased Rainfall in the West, Increased Rainfall in the East


    Sea Level Rise


    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas




    Human Health
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    Urban Areas


    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $5.5 Million


    $5.5 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    22.8 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

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    Stories from the Area

    In Djetkoram village, Niger, Catholic Relief Services counters conflict and promotes stability through a Cash-for-Work project, which distributes cash tolocal community memberspeople recently displaced by Boko Haram violence in exchange for work on community projects. The majority of displaced people are seeking refuge in local communities, putting a strain on already vulnerable host families coping with the effects of climate change and poverty.
    In a crowded banquet hall in Niamey, a dozen people gather around a large piece of paper, chatting excitedly in Hausa and French. They are a diverse group - farmers from hours outside the capital, radio broadcasters, extension agents, meteorologists, government officials and a smattering of NGO workers.
    Under the USAID Learning Agenda on Climate Services in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) is looking at the user end of climate information to build a knowledge base of factors impacting the uptake and use of climate services.