Since 2012, FFI has led a national programme in Liberia that focuses on building the capacity of the next generation of Liberia’s conservation professionals. This work has led to the establishment of the Sapo Conservation Centre, in Sapo National Park, for training in and research into ecological techniques and conservation, as well as the development of two Biodiversity Conservation courses for the Forestry Department of the University of Liberia.

This capacity building programme also supports a well-established internship arrangement that has seen the training and mentoring of 12 Liberian students in applied conservation and research. It should be noted that upon evaluation of the programme over the last five years, of those interns who have completed their undergraduate education, 100% remained in conservation.