Monrovia — The federal government of Liberia, by way of the Forestry Improvement Authority (FDA) and its collaborating companions, has bestowed honors upon scores of regional and conventional leaders, native authorities in addition to judicial officers from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee International locations for distinctive service.
This was in recognition of efforts exerted over time alongside the FDA and companions, which have resulted within the clearing of the Sapo Nationwide Park (SNP) of unlawful occupants thereby giving some degree of freedom to the park so far as the intent of its creation is worried.
Preceded by a parade by way of the principal streets of Greenville Metropolis, the colourful event held on the Greenville Metropolis Corridor, Sinoe County on July 18, 2023, was organised in commemoration of the 2023 World Chimpanzee Day.
The federal government stated the clearing of the park of unlawful occupants, which has supplied some degree of respiratory house, wouldn’t have been attainable with out the involvement of the standard leaders, whose knowledge and conventional method led to the peaceable eviction of these unlawful occupants whose actions had brought about destruction within the park for thus lengthy.
Making a particular assertion for and on behalf of the federal government and FDA, the Technical Supervisor for Conservation, Mr. Jerry Yonmah described the distinction bestowed on these people as properly deserved and named the honorees as women and men of advantage who’ve and proceed to face their floor to guard and preserve the SNP typically considered a nationwide heritage. He inspired them to proceed such gestures unabated within the curiosity of at the moment’s and future technology and promised that plans are being concluded from the tip of the federal government/FDA to help these women and men to proceed to maintain surveillance on the park for a interval of 6 months after which a collaborative administration framework can be designed for simpler administration of the Park.
Mr. Yonmah used the event to attraction to each Liberian citizen to understand the truth that naturally, we, as a rustic and other people, are rich, however sadly the overwhelming majority is but to find this undebatable reality including, “…for this reason our international mates and residents hardly depart our land due to the wealth we possess. He thanked all FDA collaborating companions, together with the Fauna & Flora Worldwide (FFI) and the USAID/ Conservation Works consortium, made up of EcoHealth Alliance, FFI, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Safety (LCRP), Solimar Worldwide and Companions in Improvement (PADEV) in a particular means and hoped for continued tighter collaboration with them as a way to make Liberia a very conservation pleasant nation.
The honorees have been formally introduced to the FDA by FFI which has and continues to play a pivotal function within the panorama. The FFI, by way of its Undertaking Supervisor based mostly within the SNP, Matthew Varney, reiterated its unwavering help in ensuring that the park is properly protected always and that FFI will proceed to work intently with the communities to make sure that the park will get most safety in step with the imaginative and prescient of the federal government.
For his half, the Conventional Council Chair, Chief Emmanuel S. Wesseh, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the federal government by way of the FDA for the distinction bestowed upon them. He praised God for giving Liberia such an enormous treasure (Sapo Nationwide Park) and promised that they are going to proceed to be vigilant in making use of all conventional strategies to make sure that the park is protected against criminals. He hoped the FDA and its companions will stay as much as their promise to fulfill the issues of the communities.
Located in Sinoe County, the SNP established in 1983 is Liberia’s first protected space (PA) and stays the nation’s largest PA, containing the second-largest space of main tropical rainforest within the Higher Guinea Rainforest Ecoregion in West Africa. after Taï Nationwide Park in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.