The Executive Director of the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) Mr. Michael F. Garbo has reiterated the institution’s commitment in the preservation, conservation and effective management of Liberia’s biodiversity.
Mr. Garbo said SCNL will continue to educate, encourage and assist the Liberian public to understand the need to conserve nature, build consensus on the effective management of biodiversity and to ensure that the use of natural resources is sustainable.
Speaking at the SCNL Home Coming and Acquaintance Meeting held at the S. T. Nagbe United Methodist Church during the weekend, Mr. Garbo said the SCNL has as its objectives to increase institutional capacity for effective management of biodiversity and strengthen community structures in providing basic information on the threats, use of other renewable natural resources and biodiversity.
The SCNL Executive Director also noted that the group is committed to increased advocacy for the creation of additional protected areas, increased alternative livelihood opportunities for communities around protected and potential conservation areas as well as heightened public awareness on the socio, economic, environmental, aesthetic and cultural values of natural resources.
He said the SCNL also seeks collaboration and assistance from national and international organizations, partners and individuals whose programs are designed to benefit conservation works.
On the organization’s achievements, it can be recalled that in 1987 the SCNL registered as the first conservation Non Governmental Organization(NGO) in Liberia and by 1988 it collaborated with the Forestry Development Authority(FDA) to strengthen its wildlife and national park division; advocated for the promulgation of the wildlife and national park act.
The SCNL in 2002 completed a three-year strategic project to restart the effective management of the Sarpo National Park in Sinoe County and in 2011 the SCNL completed the institutional review of its structure with a development of a five-year strategic plan of action.
The SCNL also has as a project the Peace Park Project between Liberia Sierra Leone, the Bird Watchers Project and the Eco-stove Project in Cape Mount.
At Saturday’s Home Coming meeting, remarks came from the various projects being undertaken by the SCNL and its partners. The organization has as donors and partners the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Wildinvest, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Philadelphia Zoological (Phil Zoo), Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Conservation International.