Thanks to a program partially funded and administered by the Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme Special Unit on South-South Cooperation two employees of the Liberian Forest Development Authority (FDA), the Liberian national forest service recently completed their Master’s degrees from Makerere University in Uganda, one of the oldest and most highly respected forestry schools in Africa.
|Training in Integrated Conservation and Development near Sapo National Park.|
The two men spent two years in residence in Uganda, and carried out independent research on topics relevant to sustaining forest reserves in Liberia through engagement with the local population. Blamah Goll looked at the “Benefits and Challenges of Integrated Conservation and Development Projects on Local Communities Adjacent to Sapo National Park, Liberia”, Liberia’s largest protected area of rainforest and its only national park.
|The state of the roads in Liberia is one of the obstacles to effective development projects for local communities.|
Simulu Kamara studied “Community Forestry and Its Impacts on Rural Livelihood of People Living Adjacent to East Nimba Nature Reserve, Liberia”.
Despite the introduction of Community Forestry, forest resource degradation in Liberia has continued to be high and the livelihoods of the people have not improved. Kamara’s research therefore, was intended to examine the linkages between community forest management and the livelihoods of the people in Liberia and natural resource degradation. Specifically he looked to identify various livelihoods options of the people living adjacent to East Nimba Nature Reserve, assess the involvement of local people in the management of East Nimba Nature Reserve, examine the effect of community forest management on the livelihood of the people living adjacent to East Nimba Nature Reserve, and document the challenges of community involvement in East Nimba Nature reserve and determine the contribution of community forestry to the livelihoods of local communities.
The results of their studies are expected to provide a useful contribution to forest management in their area for the FDA.