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.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2019) for more information.

    Climate Projections


    Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events


    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)


    $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

    The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. Climate change is not just a looming existential threat, it is currently threatening development progress and exacerbating global inequities; increasing humanitarian needs, food and water insecurity, and displacement; and contributing to conflict.
    One of the greatest threats to our global community is climate change, and research shows women are more vulnerable than men to its consequences.
    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.