Conservation of biodiversity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo forest complex

Detailed description of project:

The objective of the “Conservation of the Biodiversity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo forest complex” project is to protect and preserve one of the last remaining continuous Upper Guinean Forest-ecosystems, while considering the needs and opportunities of local communities living within and around the protected areas in both countries. The forest complex stretches over an area of 5,775 km2 and is composed of the Taï National Park in Ivory Coast and of the proposed Grebo National Park and the Sapo National Park, both of which are situated in Liberia. This complex is worth protecting and conserving as a whole since it hosts over 1,200 plant species and hundreds of animal species such as the West African chimpanzee as well as the world´s largest population of the endangered pygmy hippopotamus.

The project strives towards a transboundary cooperation between Ivory Coast and Liberia, two countries which diverge in terms of laws, regulations and official languages. To meet the overall objective, namely achieving ecological connectivity of the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex, the project has been divided into two modules with two distinct objectives for each country.

In Ivory Coast, it is planned as a 2-year preparatory process to elaborate a plan to improve opportunities for biodiversity exchange between the Taï National Park (Ivory Coast) and the proposed Grebo National Park (Liberia), in close cooperation with the local population.

Type of services provided:

Phase 1 – Preparation of the study

  • Selection of ecological and socio-economical criteria for improving the ecological connectivity.

Phase 2 – Defining ecological characteristics of the study area:

  • Environmental analysis of the area;
  • Assessment of the vegetation cover based on satellite image analysis;
  • Habitat assessment and fauna fragmentation characterisation;
  • Flora and fauna inventories;
  • Assessment needs of identified fauna;
  • Identification of the corridor type and its technical characteristics.

Phase 3 – Land use analysis, socio-economical and spatial analysis:

  • Land use analysis;
  • Socioeconomic study;
  • Analysis of opportunities and risks;
  • Conflict management and conflict prevention strategy;
  • Market study on bush meat;
  • Assessment of potential of non-timber forest products, agroforestry and payments for environmental services.

Phase 4 – Developing an ecological concept:

  • Production of graphic and/ or cartographic scenarios;
  • Joint ecological monitoring strategy;
  • Drafting a capacity building plan;
  • Analysis of a population resettlement plan;
  • Preparation of an action plan and identification of required funds.
Department of Ecology and Nature Protection (DEPN)
02/2017 – 04/2019
Contract value:
972,066 €