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


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.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $1 Million


    $1 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    214 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

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    Stories from the Area

    Kelo Uchendu, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Nigeria, founded the Gray2Green movement in 2018. Grey2Green raises awareness about climate justice and works on student-led engineering projects to innovate new sustainable technology.
    Less than half of Nigeria’s 186 million people have access to electricity. But in the rural village of Gbamu Gbamu, newly installed utility poles and wires act as markers of a brighter future, powered by a new solar minigrid. The grid, an effort of local developers Rubitec Solar and Winrock’s USAID-funded Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP), is empowering citizens and their enterprises, providing them with a better quality of life and more stable sources of income.
    From nearly any vantage point in Gbamu Gbamu, one can look upward to see newly installed utility poles and wires.