Following several persuasive attempts to prevent illegal constructions in the Waterway along the Montserrado River , the Environmental Protection Agency On Wednesday , September 18, demolished a structure as a precedent to Violators of the Laws against destroying the Mangrove Forest .
Since February of this year residents of St. Francis complained of the illegal destruction of the Forest and called for the intervention of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Liberian National Police to halt illegal activities in the Mangrove Forest in Chicken Farm , Jacob Town.
A Group of Citizens Named and styled, “Chicken Farm Neighborhood Dwellers” residing in Jacob’s town, Paynesville City in early February of this year requested the Government of Liberia and International Partners to do more to prevent flood , sand mining , and the destruction of wildlife by halting the massive destruction of the mangrove along the Montserrado River .
In a communication addressed to the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Nathaniel Blamah, the residents complained that some unknown individuals were aggressively destroying the Mangrove trees for the purpose of selling the swamp land and fetching wood.
The Chicken Farm Community has repeatedly suffered from property damage as a result of flood when the Montserrado River overflows.
The mangroves support a great variety of swamp animals roaming the wetlands but due to the rapid destruction of the Mangrove trees, the shorebirds that were usually seen making their homes in the branches and taking refuge amongst the roots are finding it difficult to survive.
The EPA assisted by the Liberia National Police carried the demolition in the Presence of the Community Mr. Gregory Blamo and the contractors without any resistance from the owner of the illegal structure , Mr. Lyee Fofana .
Mr. Randall Domayou, Deputy Executive Director Of the EPA who led the team assured the community that EPA will do everything possible to protect the environment and secure lives by providing Marine Security along the River Side as safety measures in favor of tons of big and small marine species that thrive the mangrove coastline and muddy flats supported by the nutrient rich waters.
The Chicken Farm residents pointed out that the destruction of the Swamp Land caused the disappearance or deaths of a number of monkeys and crocodiles always resting along the mangrove-lined shores that had offered a great chance for tourist attraction.
Besides sheltering animals and birds, the residents explained that the mangroves also provide protected areas for fish, crabs, shrimps and all sorts of small critters.
The mangrove forest has been preventing the outflow of the River into the community and providing habitation for animals but was being destroyed by a group of unknown men who are illegally selling swamp land.
Concern members of the Chicken farm community renewed calls for the speedy intervention of the authority concerned in order to avoid chaos between the illegal land dealers, buyers, sand miners and the illegal residents.
Mr. Edilus Barbue , who is the Spokeperson of the residents , said the speedy intervention of the EPA , intercepted misunderstanding among the community dwellers .
There were reports of chaotic engagement between the so-called swamp owners and residents of the old road, swagger-mo community and the Borbor Island , all along the Montserrado River.
Prominent residents of the chicken farm community, who claimed to represent over 500 residents of the chicken farm, said the continuous destruction of the mangrove exposed the dry land to flood during the rainy season.
Additionally, the Residents of the Chicken Farm Community also complained that this illegally act could also pose as a setback to the rich ecosystem, tourism and biodiversity by threatening species of the mangrove swamp and expose those species to the main environment, putting children and inhabitants at greater risk.
The communication addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency was also forwarded to the Paynesville Corporation, The Liberian legislature, the St. Francis Community Chairman, The Land Commission, The Liberia National Police and the International Conservative Group.