FDA Graduates 15 Rangers


MONROVIA-The Forestry Development  Authority-FDA,  is not leaving any stone unturned with its quest to protect the forest and all other parts associated with it. For this reason, it  graduated 15  Rangers in the maritime system.

The Rangers who were trained in  Robert Sports on Lake Piso, the largest  lake in Liberia, led to  swift movement on sea to arrest any intruders who will affect the mangos and other protected forest in the area.

Robert Sport is a tourist attraction center in Liberia and hosts most of the mangos and other forests. The need to train the Rangers became more important after conducting survey; it realized that  many people were  cutting the trees down as well as carrying out illegal marine activities in areas, thus posing threat the  survivability of the species.

This prompted the FDA through the REDD + to carry out  the training of special Rangers in the marine sector.

At a colorful ceremony over the last week   in  Robert Sports, the  National REDD + Coordinator, Forestry  Development Authority-Mr.  Saah  A. David, Jr said, the exercise was aimed at protecting the area.

He said,  support was made possible by the Norwegian government  through the World  Bank. He  also added that  they received support from the Liberian government through  the National Coast Guard to train the Rangers.  He expressed his gratitude to the both governments for such support.

Currently, there are two boats  which will be used  to carry on patrols.

“We are doing it to protect the remaining forest here, to help protect the  ecotourism.” According to him,  Robert Sport was selected due to a study carried out by the entity which showed that the species were under serious threats.

“We did a study at the  FDA  and  we realized that Cape Mount,  in terms of  ecotourism,  was at the top of the list in the country. It is easily  assessable  and tourists  coming from Sierra Leone and Monrovia . If you look at the river and the sea,  you  also see the mountain there. Those are the good sizes.  Giving the proximity  to Monrovia,  Cape Mount  is best suited for it,” he said.

He continued: they have to move fast because the area was under threat.  “They are under threat, that is why  cape mount is a multiple use reserved. But all of our protected areas are under threat.  We have recruited people from the community to serve as Eco guards. The Liberia Forest  sector project is Funded by the government of Norway  through the World Bank.”

According to him,   the project  is to build the capacities of six different  government entities;  FDA leads in the process, Liberia Institute for Statistic Geo information Services,  Liberia Land  Authority  Agriculture, Mines  and Environmental  Protection Agency.


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