Fauna & Flora International runs REDD workshop in Liberia

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and our partners recently ran an extremely successful and well received National Stakeholders conference on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

What is REDD and what does it mean for conservation?

Senior government officials, civil society organisations and community-based groups all shared some of the lessons learned and best practices for REDD development in Liberia. Discussion covered a wide range of issues, including policy options, consultation, and resource tenure security. Stakeholders also explored options for benefit sharing and governance, as well as monitoring, reporting and verification.

Dr Nouhoo Ndam, FFI’s REDD Project Manager

Dr Nouhoo Ndam (pictured right), FFI’s REDD Project Manager, spoke about FFI’s initiative to help the government prepare for REDD and pilot REDD projects in Liberia to guide policy. Several other FFI staff contributed their expertise on REDD.

FFI has been working in Liberia since 1997 and currently implementing projects to test REDD suitability in two regions round the Sapo National Park. REDD presents an opportunity to protect the country’s vast and wildlife-rich forests while enabling its sustainable economic development.

The Liberian government is committed to promote REDD development. This is illustrated by the creation of a REDD Technical Working Group (RTWG) and a climate change secretariat directly under the Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to steer the process.

FFI is a member of the RTWG, along with representatives from government ministries and agencies, donors, international organisations, civil society organisations, the private sector and rural communities.

Photo credits: Chloe Hodgkinson/FFI, Rebecca Foges/FFI.