LIBERIA: Karnwea Says Gov’t Is Committed To Community Rights Law

The Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Mr. Harrison Karnwea, has assured community dwellers that government remains committed to the full implementation of the Community Rights Law.

Director Karnwea stressed that the Community Rights Law will be implemented without taking short cuts as was the case in the past because the Liberian Government, through the FDA in collaboration with the Community Forestry Working Group, is committed to the process.

The FDA boss gave the assurance Friday at the launch of the 2nd Annual Outreach Campaign on Community Forestry held under the theme: “Make Community Forestry Rights Real”, at the Bella Casa Conference Hall in Monrovia.

He said the campaign, which is a part of the policy of the Government to give back to its citizens, is intended to empower forest dependent communities to participate in decision-making and actively engage in the sustainable management of forest resources.

He indicated that the sustainable management of forest resources will allow community dwellers to accrue direct benefits for present and future generations, and that policy makers and other stakeholders will be made aware of the provisions of the Community Rights Law and regulations that grant ownership rights to communities.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Karnwea explained that the implementation strategy for this campaign will include sensitization and education in several communities on the law and regulations of the forest and its preservation.

Meanwhile, the FDA managing director is calling on international partners and other stakeholders to continue their assistance towards achieving the objective of preserving Liberia’s forests and its wildlife.

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