Tackling deforestation with REDD
Fauna & Flora has been working in Liberia since 1997, meaning we arrived during the conflict, and stayed. We have worked for well over decade to re-build local capacity for forest governance, support the management of national parks and try to tell the world that Liberia is so much more than a war, bloody diamonds, or Taylor’s trial in The Hague.
In 2011, Fauna & Flora, with funding from the Norwegian government (Norad), began a programme of REDD+ in Liberia.
For the uninitiated, REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation – which provides incentives to local communities to leave forests intact – plus conservation, sustainable forest management, and activities like reforestation to enhance forests.
Growing stability in Liberia, although essential and most welcome, has led to a rapid expansion of oil palm plantations and logging concessions, meaning that these majestic forests are once again under great threat.