Barely two months following the momentous launch of two additional national parks (Grebo-Krahn and Gola) by the government of Liberia through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), a conservation fund drive aimed at galvanizing needed fund to finance the successful managements of these parks and other protected areas across the nation has been launched in Monrovia with the management of the Forestry Development Authority and the Conservation International (CI) making significant donation thus prosperously kick starting the project.
Conservation international CI donated a check of USD$1 million while the Forestry Development Authority pledged to contribute a significant portion of the 10 percent of the taxes from commercial logging in the tone of USD$ 1m as matching commitment to the project for sustainability.
FDA Managing Director C. Mike Doryen in a special statement thanked Conservation International for creating the possibility for the fund drive and reiterated government’s sustained commitment to abide by the terms and conditions enshrined in the 2006 National Forestry reform law until otherwise ordered. He noted emphatically that FDA remains firm in ensuring that the 3cs formula including community, commercial and conservation is fairly balanced at all times.
FDA Board Chairman designate Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr. for his part lauded the CI family for opening the corridor for the conservation fund drive and hoped it would see its intended purpose in actual sesne. He advised that the needs of the communities where the protected areas are situated be considered without which the desired need for successful conservation cannot be possible. He described the decision to conserve the remaining Liberia’s forest as a ‘sovereign’ one and thanked the government of President George Weah for its unwavering intent in underscoring the significance of the conservation of our forest resource aimed at benefiting succeeding generation. He noted that these protected areas naturally bear the beauty that will attract tourists and challenged all collaborating partners of FDA working in the forest sector to realistically make conservation practices competitive by supporting the fund drive in the truest form and manner.
Conservation International Senior Vice President for Africa Division, Michael O’Brien-Onyeka in a statement praised the Liberian government and people for conserving nearly half of the tropical forest in West Africa and described them as true leader in Africa as far conservation of nature is concerned, adding “ Liberia is a global hot spot for conservation.”