IUCN in West Africa- Challenges and Opportunities
The West African region covered by IUCN-BRAO comprises 17 countries: Cape Verde, Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côted'Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Chad. It extends over a surface area of 7,500,000 sq. km with a population of nearly 250 million inhabitants, or an average density of 33 inhabitants per sq. km. With the exception of Chad and Mauritania (members of the Permanent Inter-States Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel1), IUCN-BRAO's target region corresponds to the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) space. Eight of the fifteen ECOWAS member states --the CFA franc zone-- form an economic and monetary space: the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
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