The Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Kanwea, has underscored the need for community media involvement in promoting the work of the FDA and its impact on local development in the various counties.
Mr. Karnwea said the work of the FDA is very crucial in protecting the forestry sector and its inhabitants but it needs the involvement of the community and the local media. The FDA managing Director was speaking over the weekend when he met with some heads of local radio stations from the leeward counties at his Wen Town office in Paynesville outside Monrovia. He said his administration will empower the media arm of the FDA to strengthen local radio stations around the country to promulgate the policies of the FDA and explain the impact of the forestry sector in their localities. Mr. Karnwea said his management has observed on several occasions that due to lack of media participation in the work of the entity, community members do not understand the importance of the forestry industry as well as the significance of wildlife. He called on the local media institutions to work collaboratively with his media team to protect the country’s forestry sector and promote government’s policy on forestry, as well as the impact it has on national development. Heads of local media institutions from Bong, Margibi, Bomi, Nimba and other counties thanked the FDA boss for the acquaintance meeting and promised to work with the FDA in protecting the forestry sector but that will require cohesive approach. They said the FDA and its related entities including the Conservation of Wildlife must support the local media to enable them interpret the policies and laws governing the forest sector and inhabitants. They averred that the locals need to know the importance of wildlife and that the forests need to be protected by avoiding farming and hunting activities in certain areas. Wildlife Conservation Representative Alex Tuayan promised to convey the media message to the proper authority in protecting the wildlife. He stressed the need for togetherness in promoting natural habitat. Mr. Tuayan said by law, hunters are not allowed to kill all animals found in the Liberian forests but due to the lack of adequate information on the protection of wildlife, people continue to kill animals indiscriminately.