PADEV is a professional Liberian NGO dedicated to the promotion of development through the implementation of programs that increase knowledge and capacity within the natural resource management (NRM) sector and other development sectors.
It is implementing the Liberia Forest Sector Project for the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), which is aimed at educating members of forestry communities their rights and benefits to their forests, while at the same time establishing governance body for them.
LFSP is a government owned project supported by the Government and People of Norway through the World Bank.
Speaking at the start of the forum at a local hotel in Monrovia, the team leader of PADEV, Mr. Jackson S. Nobeh, explained that the forum was intended to acquaint the FDA and LFSP about the strategies that will be employed by PADEV in the implementation of its tasks.
“This forum is also intended to let the public known about what PADEV is about and what they are ought to do relative to the this project. In short, it is aimed at providing basic information about the work we do and continuing to do as it relates to this project,” stated Nobeh.
As part of its assigned duties and responsibilities, Nobeh said PADEV will conduct awareness campaigns in applicant and Authorized Forest Communities (AFC) about the values of the forest resource, by telling the locals about the services provided forest as well as the products thereof.
He noted that under the project, PADEV will report on 40 information campaigns conducted in 30 applicant communities and 10 AFC.
According to him, report for the first 10 communities will support the establishment of Community Assemblies (CAs) and Community Forest Management Bodies (CFMBs), and develop constitutions and bylaws, to include information campaigns to educate community members about the election of Community Assembly (CA) members and selection and appointment of CFMB officials.
“At the end of the project, we will do a final report on the awareness for the 40 applicant and AFC and establishment of governance structures for the 30 communities that applied status,” Nobeh stated.
Among other things, Nobeh disclosed that the project is focused in six main counties, namely; Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Gbarpolu, and Grand Cape Mount.
Attorney Geturde W. K. Nyaley, technical manager of Community Forestry Department at the FDA, vowed FDA’s continuing support to PADEV towards the practice and promotion of sustainable forestry management.
“This project is intended to for our people to have a governing structure and know their rights to their own forest. It is supported by the Government of Norway through the World Bank to the People of Liberia through FDA. In this, we are partnering with PADEV to implement on our behalf and so we stand in support,” Getrude told the gathering.
In remarks, Atty. Roland J. Lepol, Deputy National Coordinator for REDD+, said the project is intended for local communities to follow the rules governing their forest.
“We are so happy working with PADEV on this project. And I am so happy for this called meeting for us to compare notes on the kind of messages that are being designed to take to the people. As I stated, we will work with PADEV to achieve our goals,” he indicated.