The ENNR Conservation Project

The East Nimba Nature Reserve lies within the concession of ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML), an iron ore mining company, that takes its green image very seriously and, as part of its compensation (“offset”) mechanism, supports the CMC and FDA in the long term with the management and protection of ENNR. In December 2015, a joint project, funded by AML and technically supervised by Fauna & Flora International (FFI), was launched in order to ensure the effective ENNR Management Plan Implementation. The 2-year project is designed to provide the technical support and broad capacity building required to transform ENNR in a well-managed Protected Area. Its overall aim is the successful and sustainable conservation of ENNR through improved capacity building of the CMC. The project comprises 4 main objectives:

Objective 1:  Capacity building for co-management implementation at all levels, including Work Planning & Reporting, Computer Literacy, Financial Management etc.

Objective 2:  Building critical infrastructure for CMC operations (Project Office, Transportation etc.)

Objective 3:  ENNR protection, law enforcement patrols and threat monitoring

Objective 4:  Biodiversity baseline research and long-term biomonitoring

The pictures below give an insight in the main activities that are carried out by the CMC with support of the project.

 

ENNR-The demarcation stone at the trinational border Setting demarcation stones at the boundary line
Singboard BB Setting up sign boards
Cleaningup BB Cleaning campaign in ENNR
Biomonitoring BBBiomonitoring data collection
Butterfly Monitoring BB Butterfly survey
Ranger Traning BBRanger training
Exif_JPEG_420 Study Tour of CMC members to attend a trans-boundary workshop in USA
Law Enforcement BB2  Law enforcement and confiscation of hunting equipment
Law Enforcement BB1 Arrest of a hunter with bushmeat
Awarness BB Awareness campaigns for local communities
Signing MOU BBEstablish transboundary collaboration with Guinean counterpart
Signing MOU BBENNR boundary line brushing and demarcation

The ENNR Co-Management Committee (CMC)

In 2010, a Co-Management Agreement was signed between the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the stakeholder communities in order to jointly manage the East Nimba Nature Reserve through a joint board, called the Co-Management Committee (CMC). The CMC comprises twelve members – six representatives of the local communities and six representatives from the FDA. Both parties share their management responsibilities, with the community representatives leading on community-related operations around ENNR, such as awareness raising, sensitization, human-wildlife conflicts etc., while the FDA leads on technical operations within the Reserve, including law enforcement patrols, biomonitoring, research etc..

Please find below the current CMC members.

Saye Thompson Saye Thompson
_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Chairman
April 2010
I live in Gbapa, married with six (6) children. Beside supporting CMC, I am the Chairman of the Joint Community Forest Management Body (JCFMB); also engaged in farming and diamond mining in my farmland and student willing to enrol in any College or University .

 

Joe Dayee Joe Dayee
_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Co-Chairman for Awareness & Mobilization
April 2010
I live in Goagartuo, Zar Chiefdom and I’m married with eight (8) children. I’m a farmer, and working in the CMC till present.
Dada Konkah Dada S. Konkah

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Secretary
April 2010
I live in Gbapa, Nimba County, Republic of Liberia. I am married with six (6) children. Now I’m engaged in working for the Joint Community Forest Management Body (JCFMB) and as secretary for the ENNR Co-Management Committee (CMC). Besides, I am a community mobilizer and a farmer.
James Karmen James Karmen

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Public Relation Officer
April 2010
I live in Zolowee Town, Nimba County. I am married and blessed with six (6) living children. I am a certificated Nurse Aid running my own Drugs store and also a member of the Joint Community Forest Management Body (JCFMB) as a Treasurer besides supporting the CMC.
Helen Weanquoi Hellen Weanquoi

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Chaplain
April 2010
I live in Zolowee town and I’m blessed with four (4) children. Besides supporting the CMC, I am engaged in business and farming. I am the chaplain of the CMC and have been working with the ENNR since 2010.
Willington Tuo Wellington Y. Tuo

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Public Relation Officer Assistant
April 2016
I live in Zortapa; I am married and have three (3) children. Besides supporting the CMC, I am mainly engaged in gardening. I am a member of CMC working in ENNR.
Korvah Vanganbah Korvah K Vanyanbah

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Co-Chair for Technical Operations
April 2010
I was born in Lofa County, Liberia. I was employed with FDA in 2007 and assigned as Park Biologist. Educational Level: BSc. in General Forestry University of Liberia. Certificate: International Traning course for Establishment and Management of Field Research Station (2008), Instructor at Nimba County Community College (2012-2014)
Grace Kotee Grace Kotee

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Assistant Secretary
April 2017
I live in Zortapa. I’m not married and don’t have a kid yet. I hold an Associate degree in Forestry from the Nimba County Community College. Besides supporting the CMC, I’m the Secretary for the East Nimba Nature Reserve since May 2016.
Joseph Wleah Joseph K. Wleah

 

_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Member
December 2015
I am married and blessed with ten (10) children and have been employed with this entity since 1985. After my graduation from the Forestry School as Law Enforcement Ranger, I served as a Data Recorder, District Forest D-B & Scaler with FDA. Currently I’m Zone Warden of ENNR Zone 1
Mohammed Gonsahn Mohammed Sirleaf
_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Member
June 2016
I am employed with the Forestry Development Authority and FDA Zone 2 Warden working in the East Nimba Nature Reserve.
Sam Freeman Samuel M. Freeman
_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Member
June 2015
I was transferred from Sapo National Park (SNP), which is the mother Park of Liberia, in 2015 where I served for fifteen (15) years as Conservation Education Officer and later as Zone Warden. I am married with three children and presently I serve as Zone Warden of Zone 3 at ENNR with residence in Camp 4, Nimba County.
Moses Gonsahn Moses N. Gonsahn
_Position within CMC:_
_Joined CMC:_
_Personal Information:_
Member
October 2012
I live in Yekepa, Camp 4 Nimba County. I am married with twelve (12) children. Besides supporting the CMC, I am Community Engagement Ranger working in ENNR since 1988.

Faunal species at Sapo National Park

There has been more fauna discovery across the globe. These discoveries have enabled us to appreciate the biological diversity of our planet. For an informative purpose, we will be discussing fauna using Liberia to be precise, Sapo National Park as a case study.

Fauna can be defined as the life of animal species that can be found within a particular environment. The national park of Liberia which is Sapo is no exception. It serves as an in-situ habitat for most animals. The below species represent some of those ones that have been seen in the park.

M2E31L88-88R391B305 M2E31L88-88R391B305

 

Ogilby’s duiker is an elusive species that  has a sturdy body, a covered back, overdeveloped hindquarters, and short legs. Duiker comes from an African word which means”diver”. Ecologically, it plays an important role in the forest as a seed disperser. It is one of the faunas that are of least concern.

M2E29L96-97R390B311 M2E29L96-96R390B311

Agelaste meleagrides is a terrestrial bird, of the Guineafowl family that can be found in the national park and other parts of the country. It has an uncovered red head, bare upper neck, white breast, black long tail & grayish feet. This faunal species was spotted in the exceptional biodiversity of Sapo National Park.