A proposed Gola National Park and the Lake Piso Multiple Use Reserve will soon get headquarters of their own.
Ground-breaking ceremonies were held recently at Tosor and Camp Israel in the Commonwealth and Gola Konneh Districts in Grand Cape Mount County for the construction of the two headquarters.
The construction of these two Headquarters were made possible by the World Bank, under the Expansion of Protected Area Network (EXPAN) grant that made a little over one hundred thousand United States dollars available for the two projects.
Against this back-drop, the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr. commended the communities that will host the headquarters, for agreeing to the construction of headquarters that will help ensure protection of Liberia’s Forests.
The FDA Boss told community dwellers that, Grand Cape Mount is one of the beautiful locations that Liberia has been blessed with—a gift from God. He cautioned the contractors to remain committed their duties as the project gets underway.
“The selection of your entity to construct these Headquarters suggests that you might be best suited for this project; therefore, all await a quality piece of work from you.”
The Technical Manager for Forest Conservation, Theo Varney Freeman, offered a historical perspective of conservation in Liberia. He said that from as far back as the 1960s, the Government of Liberia through its foreign experts undertook to select desirable local areas that would be suitable for conservation (protection).
The conservationist said that more than 20 years after obtaining the requisite capacity, Liberia’s foreign partners began declaring specific areas suitable around Liberia as protected areas.
Mr. Theo Freeman pointed out that at present, Liberia has three areas that were designated protected territories: the Sapo National Park, the East Nimba Nature Reserve, and the Lake Piso Multiple use Reserve.
The District Commissioners, Paramount Chiefs, Clan Chiefs, Town Chiefs and Elders expressed satisfaction with the development initiatives the by the FDA; “these are avenues of opportunity that will benefit not only the Government but will aid the communities as well, they added.