Ghanaian authorities pledged here on Thursday, their readiness to assist the Republic of Liberia in its forestry management.
Chairman of the governing board of Ghana’s Forestry Commission (FC) Brigadier-General Joseph Odei, made this pledge while welcoming officials from Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority (FDA) who arrived here on Wednesday for a 10-day study tour of Ghana.
The team seeks to learn from Ghana’s implementation of the Community Resources Management Area (CREMA) mechanism.
“Beyond this visit, we would like to assure you that Ghana is always willing to collaborate with you in every area that will make it possible for you to adopt the concept and reap its numerous benefits in your natural resource conservation efforts in Liberia,” he said.
The CREMA concept originally started as a mechanism for facilitating community-based wildlife management and habitat protection.
It has, however, transformed into a communally owned formidable structure and process for managing African natural resources for reducing emissions due to deforestation and forest degradation.
Manager of awareness and ecotourism at Liberia’s FDA Comfort Tweh-Sakui told Xinhua that the decision to come to Ghana was to learn from a sister-country that had implemented the concept with a high level of success.
“We allow the local communities to manage the forests so that they will be able to get the benefits. We have been striving towards that, and we see Ghana as an example, hence the decision to come here and learn from their experience,” she said.
Tweh-Sakui praised Ghana for successfully implementing the CREMA system with enormous benefits to the communities and the nation as a whole.
Liberia holds 42 percent of the Upper-Guinea rain forest eco-system, but the forest has been suffering from destructive activities such as unhealthy farming practices; unapproved mining practices, and hunting activities.
“We decided to include the communities in the management of their forests so they can appreciate the importance of forests as a source of livelihood as well as ecosystem management,” she said. Enditem