C. Mike Doryen, the new managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has railed against the trade in wildlife in the country terming such behavior as “unwholesome, because it undermines the doctrine of the protection of protected species,” an FDA release has said.
Director Doryen said it was unfortunate that dealing in wildlife is a common practice in Monrovia against the law that prohibits it, and therefore expressed disappointment and vowed that under his administration, the protection of wildlife will take precedence.
“It makes no sense to protect the forest yet at the same time the wildlife (flag ship species) for which the forest is protected are arrested in their infant stages and marketed,” Doryen said. He promised to arrest the illegal practice consistent with the law governing wildlife.
According to the release, Doryen made the remarks among other policy statements during a meeting held Friday, February 16 with FDA collaborating partners in the forest sector. He used the occasion to acknowledge efforts made by the agency’s partners over the years, which have and continue to polish the image of the country positively to the outside world.
Doryen urged the partners to renew their collaboration with the government through his administration, especially with respect to the implementation of the government’s pro-poor agenda.
He stressed job creation as one of the key focus areas of the government, and therefore called on the partners to create the possibilities whereby jobs would be created in their separate domains to curtail rural-urban migration.
Director Doryen hoped for a sustained collaboration with agency partners that would see the resurrection of the Forestry Training Institute (FTI), in relation to its vital role in creating a new generation of foresters.
He challenged the partners to do all in their power in concert with the FDA to gain a substantial space in the government’s 150-day deliverable plan.
Meanwhile the collaborating partners including local and international organizations have vowed to increase efforts in making sure that the dreams of the government through the FDA become a reality.
Separately, they presented to the MD the pictures and scopes of their individual efforts in the forest sector and lauded Doryen’s vision, which they said will have far-reaching results in the interest of the country.
The national coordinator of the REED+ Implementation Unit, Saad David, urged the partners to support the dreams and vision of the managing director to make the sector much more practical and meaningful.