British Ambassador to Liberia, Neil Bradley, has stressed his country’s commitment to support conservation in Liberia, describing the country as a biodiversity hotspot with a wealth of native flora and fauna to be proud of.
Ambassador Bradley who made the statement in Monrovia at a programme marking the World Wildlife Day, noted that Liberia’s Upper Guinea forests are exceptionally diverse, rich in endemic and rare species.
He stressed that Liberia’s forests and wildlife are a national treasure that must be protected for passing down to future generations.
Ambassador Bradley maintained that Liberia can protect its biodiversity while building sustainable livelihoods for its people.
He asserted that farmers can raise yields through improved techniques and by utilizing degraded land with the right support, noting that communities can manage their forests sustainably and still generate income.
“As we recover from COVID-19, governments are putting in place packages to revive their economics; the decisions we make now will determine whether the planet builds back greener and more resilient for future generations to come,” he added.
Ambassador Bradley urged partners and the Liberian Government, including the international community, to seize this opportunity and ensure that joint efforts help build a fairer, greener and more resilient Liberian economy for both its people and the planet.