PHF engages with Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA)
Published 22 Aug, 2012
PHF engages with Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA), a charity which aims to protect 20 million hectares of rainforest in sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2020 on how best to progress the ideas and recommendations outlined in the scoping report. A Public Private Partnership (PPP) model was put forward with regards to the management of Sapo National Park.
In August PHF organized a high-level meeting in Monrovia with Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA), Liberia government environmental protection agencies and world-renowned environmental NGOs both local and international to discuss a concept strategy and action plan for the Foundation. This included the following:
- Employment and training of existing ‘traditional’ foresters
- Helping to fund research activities in the area by other NGOs
- Running community education programmes
- Aiding the efforts of NGO and governmental conservation groups to formalise current plans for other proposed protected areas
The overriding concept discussed was that of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the management of the Sapo National Park. The partnership, supported by the LCA, would be between the PHF and the Government of Liberia. Although still in conceptual stages, it represents a very exciting opportunity. The LCA has considerable experience in national park rehabilitation and management of protected areas through their other projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.