Today we visited the Community Forest of Sewacajua and met with its Management Body. We had interesting discussions about the management of forest resources and the use of the income generated by the forest exploitation.
The Foundation for Community Initiatives – FCI has implemented a project through the EU funded Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) FLEGT Facility aiming at increasing community knowledge on project and forest management (FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade).
We also took the opportunity to pay a short visit to the Sapo National Park office and discussed briefly with the official in charge about nature conservation in Liberia.
We appreciate the work being done by the Forestry Development Authority, Republic of Liberia through their Legality Verification Department (LVD) and SGS, ensuring the tracking of the logs, including their measurement prior to export. Timber exports amount for a substantial part of the income collected by the Government of Liberia. Our Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Liberia strives for a better overall performance of the sector and hence more revenue for Liberia.
Sadly, we could witness the effects of climate change firsthand; some streets in Greenville are being eroded by the waves, leading to their collapse.