GKNP Boundary Demarcation Exercises Underway

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Mr. Garcia (left) presents a copy of the notebooks to Mr. Doyern.

AMBERO/GIZ donates 500 notebooks for awareness

At least more than 500 school going pupils around the fringes of the Grebo/Krahn National park in the South east, specifically River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties are being targeted to receive notebooks from the AMBERO/GIZ through the awareness and Ecotourism Division of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), a release has said.

Shortly, a team from the Ecotourism Division of the FDA will begin the awareness exercises, which precedes the official demarcation, a task considered very critical, and technically important to the process. Essentially, the notebook bears the photos of several endangered species that are set aside by the wildlife law of Liberia to be protected.

According to the release, wildlife conservation remains the crux of the conservation of biodiversity. AMBERO/GIZ Country Director Santiago Ormeño Garcia, who made the presentation on Tuesday, October 16 in the office of FDA managing director, said the notebooks are intended to benefit the students at the fringes of the national park.

Garcia said his institution is prepared to assist the relevant divisions of the FDA, including the Public Affairs and Ecotourism achieve their goals in the pending boundary demarcation exercises, which are expected to commence soon after the awareness is completed.

FDA Managing Director, C. Mike Doyern, who received the notebooks, lauded the AMBERO/GIZ family for the gesture, and expressed the hope that they will do more in the near future.

Doyern used the occasion to call on the partners working in the forest sector to consider creating job opportunities for needy Liberians as a way of practically living up to government’s dream of lifting the poor from the dungeon.

He said that the most practical and effective way of protecting the forest is to first ensure that the social and economic needs of the forest dependents are met. He then advanced the need to shift the mindset of the people towards agricultural activities to include aquaculture like is done in other neighboring countries.

He reiterated that the 3-C’s policy-conservation, commercial and community forestry programs will be proportionally applied without anyone talking prominence over the others.

Mr. Doyern said if Liberia is to catch up with other progressing countries, its policies and programs, like in the case with FDA, should be supported in the truest sense of the word by conservation partners.

The Grebo-Krahn National Park is part of a well identified and globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. It is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered West African Chimpanzee as well as the endangered pygmy hippopotamus, western red colobus and Jentink’s duikers.

So far, more than 300 species of fauna have been observed in the park as well as a vast array of important plant life.

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