LIBERIA: Pres. Sirleaf Submits Wildlife Act For Enactment

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Liberian Senate for enactment, the National Wildlife Conservation and Protected Area Management Law of Liberia.

According to President Sirleaf, the Act is a manifestation of Liberia’s adherence to the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

According to the Liberia News Agency, the President made the assertion in a communication addressed to the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley.

The Liberian leader noted that the Convention on Biological Diversity, among other things, requires signatories to protect certain species of wild flora and mandates the conservation of the eco-system and natural habitat.

She said the Act also seeks to protect, maintain and preserve wildlife as a national heritage and to address those central issues concerning wildlife and wildlife habitat.

These issues, she said, include the management and protection of wild animals through the use of internationally accepted best practices in ensuring that ownership of wildlife is vested in the state.

President Sirleaf pointed out that the Act also ensures that the citizenry make better use of wildlife in accordance with the law.

According to her, the Act is in furtherance of Section 9.1 of the National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 that mandates the establishment of a protected forest area network to cover at least 30 percent of the existing forest area of Liberia.

The bill, which was read in Session on Tuesday, is co-sponsored by Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff of Montserrado County and Senator Nyonblee Lawrence of Grand Bassa County.

Following the reading of the communication, Plenary forwarded it to the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry for scrutiny and advice.

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