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GRASP Promotes Trans-Boundary Process in West Africa

by Portal Web Editor last modified May 02, 2013 10:51 PM
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A trans-boundary process to promote wildlife and habitat conservation in the Tai-Sapo Forest Complex between Libera and Cote d’Ivoire is back on track following a two-day steering committee meeting that was held March 20-21 in Abdijan.

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The Tai-Sapo Forest Complex is home to numerous endangered species, including the Western chimpanzee, which numbers less than 1,000 in that landscape.

Delegates crafted a vision statement that emphasized “conservation of biodiversity and participatory sustainable management of natural resources” while ensuring the “well-being” of local communities.

The meeting included government representatives from Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, along conservation organizations and technical and financial supporters. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) contributed trans-boundary corridor management expertise to the meeting.

The trans-boundary process began in 2009, but was delayed due to civil unrest and political instability in the region.

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