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CCOs highlight successes in forestry Sector for 2017

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Confiscation of slaughtered sea turtle in Grand-Bassa. With support from FDA, EPA and partners, community members engaged as Frontline Conservationists took the lead in arresting and ensuring prosecution of the hunters who killed the sea turtle.  ©C
Confiscation of slaughtered sea turtle in Grand-Bassa. With support from FDA, EPA and partners, community members engaged as Frontline Conservationists took the lead in arresting and ensuring prosecution of the hunters who killed the sea turtle. ©C

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Local and international environmental and conservation organizations operating in Liberia have praised support and corporation provided them by the administrations of Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2017.

The Collaborating conservation Organizations said they are excited and trail by the exemplary leadership display by FDA outgoing Managing Director Darlington Tougbeh and the present EPA Executive Director Anhaya Vohiri.

CCOs said successes scored by conservation and environmental organizations in 2017 were as a result of the two Directors innovation and willingness to work and support their respective activities and called on President George Weah to retain Directors Toughen and Vohiri.

The CCOs argued that retaining the two Directors will ensure that the ongoing change and improvement in the nation’s wildlife, communities and diverse ecosystems will continue to help mitigate climate change.

 

These achievements have served not only to protect  Liberia’s natural resources, but have attracted great deal of interest and increased investment from the global conservation community, thereby creating the opportunity for countless benefits and international investment for Liberia in the years to come.

A statement from the collaborating conservation organizations (CCOs) emphasized the importance for the new government and relevant environmental institutions to take passion in supporting conservation activities and tap into the expertise of local and international conservation actors as done by the Sirleaf led government.

The Collaborating Conservation Organizations said Liberia holds the largest area of the Upper Guinea Forest that still exists and many of these animals and plants living in the Upper Guinea forest find their last home in Liberia as many of these plants and animals are internationally threatened.

The CCOs make specific reference to elephants, pygmy hippos, forest-dwelling chimpanzees, as well as many other species including duikers and monkeys that are internationally protected and that many of the natural habitats in Liberia are still unexplored noting that further research will discover more of these species.

Liberia strictly prohibits the hunting, killing, selling or eating of chimpanzees under local and international law. Anyone taking part in these activities can be arrested, fined or jailed.

The collaborating Organizations including  Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection,Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, World Resources Institute, and AMBERO Consulting GmbH/GIZ. 

 

The Collaboration amongst the various Conservation organizations is part of effort to strengthen their approaches and engagements with the Forestry Development Authority aimed at crafting and promoting innovative conservation activities in Liberia to help stabilize the effects of climate change.

As part of their work and activities in the forest sector of Liberia, the collaborating Conservation Organizations spelled out their successes scored in 2017 and the opportunities that lie ahead of them in 2018.