Head of Mission
Liberia / Côte d’Ivoire
May 2017 – Present
Head of Mission
Conservation of the biodiversity in the Tai-Grebo-Sapo complex
Intermittent short term missions. First mission conducted May-June 2017. The project concerns the establishment of biodiversity corridors to ensure ecological connectivity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex, which consists of the Sapo National Park and Grebo Proposed Protected Area in Liberia, and Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire. Responsible for identifying synergy and transboundary cooperation or coordination options, technical support to the long term project teams. Working mainly on national level and engaging with the government project partners Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in Liberia, and the Direction de l’Ecologie et de la Protection de la Nature (DEPN) and the Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves (OIPR) in Côte d’Ivoire. The Liberia part concerns the establishment of a corridor between Sapo NP and Grebo PPA, and improving management capacity of the Forestry Development Authority. The Côte d’Ivoire part concerns a feasibility study for one or more biodiversity corridors between Parc National de Taï (PNT) and the Cavally River that separates Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire; and if found feasible, the design of one or more corridors and drafting a corridor implementation plan. Significant contributions by me to date consisted of
- Reviewing and editing the inception report for the Côte d’Ivoire module.
- Analysis of potential relations with and implications for corridor establishment of the triple status of Parc National, World Heritage Site, and Man and Biosphere Reserve of PNT in terms of location, management, financial aspects, and institutional options.
- Analysed the implementation sequence of study steps in Côte d’Ivoire and identified key decision moments to determine whether a biodiversity corridor would be feasible, based on key aspects of a/o remaining forest cover, social acceptance, and socioeconomic support measures.
- Drafted a number of technical guidelines, including a strategy for human-wildlife conflicts and social and environmental safeguards. These guidelines are part of the overall project strategy.
- Prepared spreadsheet based project monitoring tools.