The Canadian Ambassador accredited to Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire has commended the environmental group, Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL) for its resolve to promote sustainable forest management in Liberia.
Ambassador Patricia McCullagh said SCNL’s commitment to protect Liberia’s forests will help in the fight against climate change.
The Canadian Ambassador made the statement recently when she paid a courtesy call on the management of SCNL in Congo Town, near Monrovia.
Amb. McCullagh expressed her government’s happiness to support SCNL’s work through the Canadian Ambassador Grant of US$18,000 to work with forest communities in Liberia.
SCNL is already benefitting from the Canadian Ambassador Grant, she said, and pledged continuous support to initiatives that will enhance the fight against climate change worldwide.
SCNL’s Executive Director, Michael Garbo, lauded the Canadian government for the support and described the Ambassador’s visit to SCNL as the demonstration of true partnership between Canada and Liberia.
Garbo said the Canadian grant is being implemented in seven of Liberia’s nine biodiversity hotspots.
“SCNL will always work with local and international institutions to promote conservation through community based initiatives, where we educate people on sustainable forest governance,” Mr. Garbo said.
“I can assure you that with the level of support your government and friendly organizations are giving SCNL, we will positively engage the youth, chiefs, elders and other stakeholders to work together and ensure that our country’s forests are protected for the benefit of all.”
The SCNL is one of the lead campaigners for sustainable forest management and was instrumental in ensuring that the Gola Forest National Park Act was passed into law by the Legislature on September 21.