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Promoting Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancing Economic Prosperity in Liberia through a One Health Approach

Liberia Conservation Works (CW) is a five year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development designed to protect threatened and endangered species by strengthening protected and conserved areas while promoting economic growth in Liberia. CW supports communities in becoming less reliant on forest resources by providing livelihood alternatives, including sustainable agriculture and ecotourism. CW works closely with the Government of Liberia, private sector partners, and local conservation stakeholders and communities. 

Photo credit: Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP) 
NOTE: Chimpanzees are not pets and should not be forced to live with humans. The chimpanzee orphans at LCRP’s sanctuary in West Africa are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades.

Photo credit: Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP)
NOTE: Chimpanzees are not pets and should not be forced to live with humans. The chimpanzee orphans at LCRP’s sanctuary in West Africa are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades.

Background

Liberia is home to nearly half of the remaining Upper Guinean Rainforest, a key biodiversity hotspot housing myriad endangered species. Thousands of Liberians rely on these 6.6 million hectares of forest for their livelihood. Although Liberia’s forests are invaluable, they have not been sustainably managed, and continue to face mounting pressures including slash-and-burn agriculture, logging, mining, and illegal hunting. 

Protected and Conserved Areas (PCAs) provide critical habitat for wildlife and have great potential for ecotourism, a proven source of sustainable income for communities. Despite significant international donor support for forest conservation in Liberia, only five protected areas currently exist. The establishment and effective management of PCAs simultaneously allows for biodiversity preservation, sustainable livelihoods and economic growth.

Impact & Strategic Approaches

CW’s target results are to increase the area in Liberia under conservation status; strengthen the protection and management of PCAs; improve prosperity and prospects for communities living in and around PCAs, increase economic growth via conservation-compatible investment; and integrate One Health principles and policies into PCA policy, planning, and prioritization.

Photo credit: Peter Damerell

Our strategic approaches to implementing Conservation Works are broken down into five key areas, listed below:

1. Harmonize Establishment Process of PCAs

Define and implement an accessible, transparent process to designate new conservation areas in Liberia that harmonizes government mandates and laws and prioritizes community rights and voices

2. Strengthen Management of PCAs

Build government and community capacity to protect and manage PCA landscapes

3. Develop, Establish and Facilitate Sustainable Livelihoods

Introduce inclusive, sustainable livelihoods and long-term income generating activities to improve the economic wellbeing of communities in and around PCAs

4. Develop Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure and Capacity Support

Support the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable tourism development and investment, and build capacity of local communities to participate in this market

5. Integration of the One Health Principle

Broaden recognition of the value of PCAs through facilitation of multi-sectoral coordination and information sharing

Photo credit (L-R): Vantage Group LLC; Partners in Development PADEV

Who We Are

Fauna & Flora is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organization that works in more than forty countries around the world to protect biodiversity.

Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection is dedicated to improving the lives of chimpanzees, both wild and rescued, through rehabilitation, protection and conservation. LCRP’s Conservation Center operates as a One Health hub, bringing together partners from diverse sectors to advance local, regional and international wildlife protection and conservation initiatives.

Liberia Forestry Development Authority is Conservation Works’ primary government partner, and is mandated to sustainably manage and conserve the forests and related resources of Liberia for the benefit of present and future generations.

Partners in Development (PADEV) is a Liberian nongovernmental organization dedicated to human development through programs that increase knowledge and capacity within the forestry sector.

Solimar International is a sustainable tourism consulting and marketing firm that provides strategic planning, tourism development, workforce development, destination management, and destination marketing services globally.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is Conservation Works’ donor agency, and is a leading international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.

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