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Liberia - Wikipedia

The module is located in the Zor Communuity Forest in Nimba County near the city of Sanniquellie in the east of the country on the border with Côte d'Ivoire.

 
In February, a team from CENBAM / PPBio / INPA, lead by Dr. William Magnusson and assisted by researchers Ramiro D. Melinski and Rafael Rabelo went to Liberia, to present a training course on biodiversity monitoring using the RAPELD method. The course was supported by the Liberian Forest Service and FIFES (Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability), who are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. John Fa is 
 
The invitation to Liberia was extended by the trip coordinator Dr. John Fa an associate researcher at the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research) and included the
herpetologist Luca Luiselli. The objective of the trip was to demonstrate the RAPELD method and to train the various parties involved in the monitoring of the Zor Community Forest.
 
Monrovia
Monrovia. Photo by Ramiro Melinski
After two days in the capital, Monrovia, where the team met with local FIFES boss Glenn Lines, the researchers went to Sanniquellie where they would stay during the practical activities of the course. 
 
Ganta Bushmeat.
 
The group visited Ganta market where there were several types of game meat, primates and antelope for sale.
 
Ganta. Photos by Ramiro Melinski.
 
ganta
 
 
 
 
 
On February 15th there  were meetings with all involved in the project.
- local FIFES staff
- FIFES members from Sanniquellie and Monrovia
- the Community Forest Monitoring Body (CFMB)
- Community Forest Guards (CFG).
 
 
Photos: Ramiro M.
 
 
 
Later that day, and during the 16th, teams of Liberians learned how to start the module and more than 2kms of trails were opened in the Zor Community Forest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On February 17, training in the monitoring of trees of commercial interest was carried out.
 
This is a very important activity since this forest is a protected conservation unit for the benefit of the community and the ability to estimate the value of the forest gives them the power to negotiate funding from government or private, regional or international, conservation programs and also with logging companies that may have interest in the area and perhaps to implement a management plan of their own, by the counting and measurement of the growth of species of interest.
 
 
February 18/19. Training in monitoring frugivorous butterflies and understory birds.
Photos: Ramiro M.
 
Birds captured in Zor Community Forest.
Scientific name Common name Family

Chamaetylas poliocephala poliocephala

Grey-headed Alethe

Muscicapidae  

Dyaphorophyia concreta

 Rufous-bellied Wattle-eye Platysteiridae

Alethe diademata

 White-tailed Alethe Muscicapidae

Eurilla virens erythroptera

Little Greenbul Pycnonotidae

Sheppardia cyornithopsis houghtoni

Lowland Akalat

Muscicapidae

 

Corythornis leucogaster bowdleri

White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedinidae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


List of participants in the RAPELD training course Zor Community Forest, Liberia, February 2018.

Name

Instituition

William E. Magnusson

PPBio/CENBAM/INPA

Ramiro D. Melinski

PPBio/CENBAM/INPA

Rafael M. Rabelo

PPBio/CENBAM/INPA

John E. Fa

CIFOR/Manchester Metropolitan University

Luca M. Luiselli

Rivers State University of Science and Technology

Soko Koryon

FIFES

Gonkarnue B. Tiatun

FIFES

Korkorlie E. Dongbo

FIFES

David B. Carl Jr.

FIFES

Mulbah V. Gibson

FIFES

Nathaniel Kermon

CFMB

James Warway

CFMB

Festus G. Zain

CFMB

Anna Geh

CFMB

Washington Baleah

CFG

Gabriel Woto

CFG

Wilson Towa

CFG

Ericson Gonkarnue

CFG

Thomas Paye

CFG

Princess Bestman

FIFES

Alexander K. Blete

FIFES

Morris R. Brach

FIFES

 

RAPELD Module in Liberia