Fauna & Flora International (FFI) began working in Liberia in 1997 and we played a crucial role, together with our partners, in re-establishing operations in the country’s oldest protected area – Sapo National Park – after years of civil conflict.
Drawing on this work in Sapo, we have since worked closely with our partners to help identify and prioritise sites for a protected area network across Liberia and establish the foundations for sustainable forest and environmental management.
We are also working extensively to improve collaboration between local, national, regional and private stakeholders across various sectors and national boundaries to reduce threats to biodiversity from subsistence pressures, oil palm operations and large-scale mining operations.
Recognising the value of Liberian forests for carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and community well-being, we are also playing a lead role in the development of REDD+ project sites in the country.
Community involvement in decision making is central to strengthening forest management and governance in a post-conflict Liberia, and we have supported a range of activities to ensure that communities within and surrounding East Nimba Nature Reserve, Wonegizi and Wologizi Proposed Protected Areas, and Sapo National Park are properly supported to engage in protected area management and conservation.
FFI is also supporting Liberia’s up-and-coming conservationists by helping to build conservation capacity at a national level – something that is currently limited due to a lack of practical and academic training opportunities. FFI is tackling these challenges by developing appropriate infrastructure and training courses, including university-level teaching as well as practical skills training such as biomonitoring, and conservation management skills such as proposal writing and grant management.