Liberia: Protecting natural habitats
It’s been a year of great achievement for biodiversity in Liberia. After many years of proactive collaboration with a number of government bodies and NGOs, we finalised a management plan for the East Nimba Nature Reserve, a unique habitat some 10 kilometres from our mine, which is home to a number of important and rare species. It’s the first time the reserve has had a plan of this kind. To date, our biodiversity surveys have identified 64 species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of globally threatened species; our experts have identified several species unique to the area, and a number of previously unrecorded species, including the Cephetola wingae butterfly, which has been named after the ecologist running our Biodiversity Conservation Programme in Liberia.