GolaMA Project - Connecting Forest and People

GolaMA means "Unity" in the Lofa language.  

Connecting forest and people, the GolaMA Project is a partnership between forest communities, the Government of Liberia and the international conservation community to conserve and manage the Gola Forest that lies outside of protected areas. The project is implemented by SCNL in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The forest where the GolaMA Project is working covers  about 40,000 ha of the Gola Forest and in effect forms a corridor linking two  prospective protected areas in Liberia  - the proposed Gola Forest National Park and the Foya Reserve -  as well the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone.

GolaMA’s objectives are to

(i) establish Community Forest Management Agreements (CFMAs) and financial sustainability business plans,

(ii) ensure forest communities are benefiting from new, sustainable, alternative income generating activities under CFMAs while contributing to forest protection,

iii) reduce bushmeat hunting/trading of protected species in the project area,

(iv) establish self-regulated sustainable artisanal mining practices, and

(v) determine the potential of carbon trading to provide sustained finance.