São Tomé and Príncipe: SCNL welcomes Sao Tome Birdlife and its government partners

Monrovia — As part of the implementation of the activities of the EU-funded project, PAPFor, the strengthening of the Birdlife partnership is essential to achieve the results of the PAPFor project. As such, the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL), welcomed a team from Sao Tome BirdLife and representatives of Forestry Development of Sao Tome and Principe. A team of four; Maria Conceicao, Litoney Olriveira, Olvio Almeida Lopes Carposo, Hudson Costa Da Graca

the four-day visit began with a classroom presentation at SCNL’s main offices in Monrovia, where the Sao Tome team, SCNL, and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).

During the interactive presentations, the SCNL Program Manager, Mr. Michael E. Taire, introduced the activities of the SCNL Project, while the SCNL PAPFor Project Coordinator, James P. Mulbah briefed the team on the activities of the PAPFor, and the FDA introduced [prospects and challenges] and the ways the FDA is working to protect the forest as well as the progress and challenges in establishing a community forest in Liberia.

The Sao Tome team were treated professionally by SCNL and everyone they encountered. With the help of SCNL, they had the opportunity to visit RobertSport and had a brief meeting with the rangers and local FDA management. At the request of SCNL, the FDA provided a boat that took the Sao Tome team, FDA and SCNL staff across historic Lake Piso for a boat ride. It was an amazing experience and the team appreciated the kind gesture from SCNL.

In Fornor, Grand Cape Mount County, the Sao Tome team again met with rangers, FDA staff and local leaders, and learned about nature conservation activities. Along with SCNL Mulbah, the team was escorted to Gola Forest National Park (GFNP) for a site visit, and upon arrival they expressed their delight at the visit.

The team also traveled to Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue Protection (LCRP) and met with co-founder and executive director, James Desmond. He explained to the team why the LCRP was created and how it benefits not only from the protection of chimpanzees but also from the creation of jobs for over 40 Liberians. The team was very surprised to see several chimpanzees protected by the LCRP. They appreciated Mr. Desmond and encouraged him to continue his good work.

On behalf of Sao Tome, Maria Conceicao shared: “We are very happy to visit the SCNL family, they are doing a great job! Thank you for the warmest welcome and hospitality, we are happy to be here,” she shared.

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