The GolaMA Forest
Liberia’s Upper Guinea forests are exceptionally diverse, with very high
rates of endemism. The Gola
National Forest, situated in north-west Liberia, is one of the largest
remaining intact areas of seasonal dense moist evergreen and semi-deciduous
forest in the whole region.
Part of the Gola National Forest is scheduled to be upgraded to a National Park in 2014, significantly increasing its level of protection. Once the Gola National Park has been established, the area will be linked to the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone, creating a unique transboundary Peace Park covering over 2,000 km².
Crucially, however, the forest that
links the protected areas is of similar importance as it is also part of the
Upper Guinea Forest Biodiversity Hotspot, internationally recognised as a top
priority for conservation efforts. It is in one of these "corridors" area that the GolaMA Project is working.