Strengthening ecological connectivity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex, Liberia / Côte d‘Ivoire

Strengthening ecological connectivity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex, Liberia / Côte d‘Ivoire

Climate, Environment and Biodiversity




2015 – 2020


Côte d’Ivoire/Liberia

Project description


The forests of Tai, Grebo and Sapo are the most important remaining tropical rainforest in the Upper Guinean forest ecosystem, covering national parks and forests in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, such as the Tai National Park and the Grebo forest. The connectivity between the rainforest areas is fragmented. Main reasons for this are increasing agriculture, clearing and hunting, which are reinforced through economical migration by the surrounding countries, as well as weak governance and obscure land use rights.



The project aims to strengthen the capacity for the joint management of natural resources and biodiversity and the associated long-term improvements in the connectivity of the ecosystems and protected areas. Furthermore, the project supports cross-border cooperation and exchange of actors at local and national level. Especially governmental and civil society stakeholders, such as the responsible protected areas authorities in both countries are supported in their efforts to establish an ecological connection.

General Information
Topics:Climate, Environment and Biodiversity
Country:Côte d'Ivoire/Liberia
Service:1) Supporting the Ivory Coast National Directorate for Nature Protection (DEPN) and Office for Protected Areas (OIPR) with the establishment of ecological connections and buffer zones
2. Development and implementation of cooperation mechanisms for rendering of account, especially in the water sector
3. Development and implementation of cooperation mechanisms between local government and civil society organizations for an improved and demand responsive use, upkeep and monitoring of local facilities
4. Intercommunal exchange regarding widespread impacts of previously gained experiences in the project (horizontal upscaling)1. Strategic municipal development planning;
2. Human Resource Management
3. Municipal development
4. Modernization of civil registry
5. Improved internal management of the local government, through the use of manuals and auto-evaluation
6. Increasing tax revenues
7. Realistic and transparent budget management
Establish dialog platforms and committees at national and local level in order to get all concerned agencies, the local population, NGOs and scientists involved
Advicing the DEPN and OIPR in questions of biodiversity conservation and spatial planning
Raising awareness and environment communication
Promotion of local organizations and local alternative means of subsistence
2) Support the cooperation between Protected Areas Agencies of both countries on the local level
3) Supporting the Liberian Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in the process of establishing the Grebo National Park through:
Assessments and studies; Organization of dialog platforms with local communities and organizations