Local Ngo Receives Grant for Wildlife Protection

MONROVIA: A local Liberian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Centre for Environment, Forest Conservation and Research (CENFOR) has received a grant from the Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-for profit charity based in  Gainesville, Florida, USA to implement a wildlife protection project, tagged “Saving the critically endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) through mitigating human-chimpanzee conflicts in Nimba County, Northern Liberia”.

According to George Gbarwea, Director of CENFOR, the six-month project will be implemented in eight communities in Nimba County where cases of human-chimpanzee conflicts were reported in 2020 and 2021. He said that the goal of the project is to promote coexistence between western chimpanzees and communities while at the same time enhancing protection of the critically endangered species.

“In order to achieve the above goal, key project activities including mapping of communities affected by human-chimpanzee conflicts, establishment of Human-Chimpanzee Conflict Management Committee (HCCMC) and awareness raising will be carried out in communities”, Mr. Gbarwea said.

It can be recalled that from December 2020 to August 2021, chimpanzee aggression and attacks were reported in communities which Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and partners have been working to control.

CENFOR is a local environmental organization working in Liberia to raise awareness on wildlife protection, poaching, trade and trafficking since 2016. The Alongside Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that uses research and outreach to promote science-based solutions for living alongside wildlife in perpetuity. The project runs from 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022.

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