Photo Credit: Environmental Foundation for Africa

Protecting forests in the Western Area Peninsula National Park

18.02.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

The Western Area Peninsula National Park is a tropical forest eco-system, home to the Jentink’s duiker and Western Chimpanzee. Unfortunately, the Park is currently the most threatened forest eco-system in Sierra Leone. This is due to increasing demand for timber from expanding urban populations in the vicinity. If not handled appropriately, this is a new threat, may destroy the precious habitat of these Endangered and Critically Endangered species.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Bring awareness to the threats the Park and its wildlife currently face;
  • Contribute new data for conservation education.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Create a dialogue between the government and local communities based on the results of new ecological surveys on the status of Jetink’s duiker and Chimpanzee:
  • Develop an awareness campaign about the Park by engaging political leaders and policy makers;
  • Replant at least 20’000 new trees to re-cover degraded forests;
  • Teach environmental education in 10 school clubs.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.



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