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New Fund to Help Liberian NGOs Address Pressing Threats to Nature

From Conservation International-Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia (April, 20 2005)—Liberian nongovernmental organizations can now apply for grants from a new $200,000 fund designed to help build their capacity to address the most pressing threats to the country’s biodiversity.

The Liberia Conservation Action Fund (LCAF) is a small grants fund with initial financial support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

Administration of LCAF is a joint effort of Conservation International-Liberia (CI), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and CEPF with the objective of achieving conservation outcomes while building capacity of Liberian civil society organizations.

Financial support for targeted conservation outcomes will be directly channeled by LCAF to Liberian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to stimulate civil society organizations, build partnerships and strengthen coordination between international organizations, governmental agencies and Liberian NGOs.

LCAF funding targets the following four strategic objectives:
  1. The Establishment and Management of Liberia’s Protected Areas. Under this objective project activities will focus on assistance to establish or manage existing protected areas and work to build the capacity for protected area management.
  2. Reduced Threats to Wildlife and Improving Wildlife Management. Under this project activities will focus on reducing hunting pressure, enforcing hunting regulations, and improving management capacity. The activities will also focus on key biodiversity areas throughout the country such as Sapo National Park and the East Nimba Nature Reserve.
  3. Improved Understanding of Liberia’s Biodiversity Through Scientific Research. Project activities will focus on public information dissemination to improve public awareness. Field research sites will focus on key biodiversity areas in and around proposed or existing protected areas.
  4. Improved Livelihoods around Protected Areas. Under this objective, project activities will focus on community development, identifying demand-driven solutions to improving livelihoods. These activities will be focused around existing and proposed protected areas.

Expressing his impression about the initiative, the Technical Director of CI-Liberia, Mr. Tyler Christie, said "The Liberian Conservation Action Fund (LCAF) will empower Liberian institutions to develop and implement projects targeting the most immediate threats to Liberia’s forests and livelihoods of forest dwelling communities".

Liberian NGOs are therefore, invited to apply for small grants addressing these objectives and may obtain application guidelines by inquiring at CI-Liberia in Monrovia.

CEPF provides strategic assistance to nongovernmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners working to safeguard Earth's biodiversity. Its partners are Conservation International, the Global Environmental Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank.

For more information, please contact:
Amos P. Andrews
Communications Coordinator
Conservation International-Liberia
Smythe Road, Old Road
Cell: 06-520610
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