The Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) C. Mike Doryeh has acknowledged a difficult but not impossible task in battling some challenges in sector.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday February 26, 2020 the FDA boss made specific reference to some illegal activities which are ongoing but they are working tirelessly to help gradually address the situation.
“It is a battle to be fought daily but we are hopeful that we will overcome with collective efforts, added Mr. Doryen.
As part of that initiative Mr. Doryen pointed out that for the first of its kind the FDA took active stands against some porches by arresting and incarcerating them as more other measures are underway, he noted.
Currently he told reporters that they have put in place a confiscation unit with some of the graduates of that category now in Sierra Leone getting further training in preparation for future task ahead.
He also stated that an unknown individual is now in the Gola National Forest planning to harm anyone who tries to remove him from carryout his illegal activities, though he did not disclose their tactics including plans to address such situation but was quick to add that there are plans in the making to arrest the situation soon as there is no need to panic.
Additionally, he indicated that they are working hard to professionally manage the forest of Liberia in a sustainable manner using the triple C’s approach namely: Conservation, Community Forest and Commercial forest respectively.
Despite some financial challenges the sector is experiencing Mr. Doryen uttered that the FDA is still operating its five regional offices with about five hundred and twenty-five permanent staff and one hundred and thirty non-permanent staff including three national parks: The Krahn Grebo National Park, the Gola National Park and the Sapo National Park respectively.
Voinjama, Tubmanburg, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, and Sinoe Grand Kru and Nimba all comprising the five regional functional offices of the FDA.
He named some of the foremost challenges as the lack of city power and water supply thus making them to spend huge sum of money on operational expenses including gasoline, water supply and many others.
Doryen told reporters that the sector has a great potential for growth and they are working with other partners and persons of interest to help improve it.
He encouraged private sector contribution to ensure they explore Liberia’s tourism sites for the common good of the nation and its people.
“Let’s work to improve the Laws so that the people can enjoy from their natural resources”, He added.