The REDD+ Implementation Unit 27th April 2018 presented a huge consignment of transport equipment to the Forestry Development Authority to support sustainable forest management. The consignment included a fleet of seven Toyota land cruiser jeeps, seven AG 100 Yamaha motorbikes and sixty eight Honda brand motorcycles. Presenting the equipment to the FDA management, REDD+ National Coordinator, Saah A. David jr. disclosed that the vehicles and motorcycles were purchased with funding from the Government of Norway through the World Bank procurement processes. He put the cost of the transport equipment at around six hundred thousand United State dollars and stressed that the land cruiser jeeps which are fully equipped with HF radios, winches and motorcycle carriers as well as seven Yamaha motorbikes were intended to be used by the Forestry Development Authority to undertake the first ever National Forest Inventory in Liberia. He disclosed further that the sixty eight Honda motorbikes are to be used by rangers of the Forestry Development Authority for the protection of national parks (protected areas) across Liberia and the Community Forestry Department at the FDA to undertake extension services. He named the protected areas as the Lake Piso Multiple use Reserve, Gola Forest National Park, Wonegisi National Park, East Nimba Nature Reserve, and the SAPO National Park. Mr. David disclosed that the maintenance cost for the transport equipment will be borne by the Liberia Forest Sector Project with funding from the Government of Norway through the World Bank. At the same time he said fuel will be provided for the motorbikes on a monthly basis. He indicated that under the arrangement, FDA rangers will be trained to effectively manage the motorbikes as they carry out their operation around the various national parks and expressed the hope that the transport equipment will be properly managed to meet the transport need of the FDA.
Meanwhile, the REDD+ National Coordinator has lauded the Governments of Norway and Liberia as well as the World Bank for the collaborative partnership which has begun yielding positive fruits. He used the occasion to disclose that under the partnership, more assistance is expected to come to the FDA soon to support efforts aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through sustainable forest management.
Receiving the transport equipment, the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority, C. Mike Doryen, hailed President George Manneh Weah under whose stalwartly leadership Liberia is making notable progress towards improving the lives of the Liberian people consistent with the government’s Pro-poor agenda. He lauded the Government of Norway and the World Bank for the provision of funding and other support to the FDA adding “for the first time in our history we are going to conduct a national forest inventory to know exactly what we have in our forest to inform our future decisions.” He thanked the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their support through the Technical Assistance agreement signed with the FDA on the Nation Forest Inventory and entertained the hope that following the completion of the exercise, the vehicles will be returned to the FDA to be deployed in the field for FDA operations. Speaking further, the FDA Boss emphasized that serious attention will be placed on effective maintenance and management of the vehicles and motorbikes to ensure that the equipment served their intended purpose.