The Liberian government is working towards creating a large Protected Area network to save some of its unique wildlife including chimpanzees, elephants, as well as many duiker and monkey species. The proposed Grebo National Park is one such protected area but is currently facing unprecedented levels of illegal human activity.
During a hiatus of park activity during the Ebola crisis, the park has been infiltrated by commercial hunters, chewing stick harvesters, illegal loggers, miners and fishers who are now operating throughout the area, causing extensive habitat degradation and a surge in poaching.
In order to combat these threats and with the support of the project team's government partner, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), it is proposed to support the implementation of 5 targeted law enforcement patrols of 15 days each over a period of 4 months, in different zones of the project area.
These patrols will be performed by both a park ranger and a law enforcement agency team who will be heading towards previously determined sites within the forest.
By providing support to the park rangers for these patrols, authority will be re-established in the proposed park and its conservation status re-instated, allowing for a stabilization of unique wildlife populations of West Africa, including the chimpanzee, forest elephant and zebra duiker.
It is expected that the law enforcement teams will be able to remove many hunting tents and settlements illegally encroaching the park and to arrest the responsible people. This should lead to an immediate decrease in illegal activity within the park, which, in the long term, will lead to a stabilization of the animal populations within the Proposed Grebo National Park.