Protected Area Network

The protected area network of Liberia has grown considerably since its start in 1983 with Sapo National Park. The number of proposed areas have been growing in bursts since then, and the actual protected areas have grown at a slower pace, with 3 areas protected so far, and 13 others proposed. The gazettement of additional national parks is an essential part of Conservation initiatives in Liberia, with various NGOs and GOs working towards the approval of lobbied proposed protected area Acts.

The use of wildlife corridors in the country has been proposed as a means of  expanding the Protected Area Network of the country.

The country’s three protected areas and various proposed protected areas can be seen on the map below:

Map of Liberia showing protected areas by ecosystem type_CNC

 

Protected Areas: 

Sapo National Park

East Nimba Nature Reserve

Lake Piso Multiple-Use Reserve 

 

Proposed protected areas:

Gola National Forest 

Grebo-Krahn National Forest 

Gibi National Forest 

Gio National Forest 

Kpelle National Forest 

Krahn-Bassa National Forest 

Lorma National Forest 

North Lorma National Forest 

West Nimba National Forest

 

Community forests

Community forests collectively make up a fair percentage of Liberia’s forests, and while unprotected by conventional law, are sometimes protected by tradition and associated practices.