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Liberia: Mount Nimba may be declared World Heritage Site


Mount Nimba Range, Nimba County, Liberia

Liberia and partners are concluding a dialogue to declare the Mount Nimba Range in Nimba County as one of Liberia’s world Heritage sites.The Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Louise McMillan, says the East Nimba Reverse covering the Mount Nimba Range in northeastern Liberia is among few natural sites that could qualify as World Heritage sites. She named the others as the Kpatawee Waterfalls in Bong County and Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County.
Minister McMillian said, though Liberia has mapped 68 sites across the country, both historic and natural centers, none has been declared eligible for global Heritage management standard.
She said the Mt. Nimba East Nature Reserve’s eligibility is defended by a satisfactory co-management team organized by friendly international organizations working in the region with caretakers comprising local residents around the mountains.
She made the disclosure in Sanniquellie Friday after a day-long forum that brought together the Culture Department of the Ministry of Information, Arcelor Mittal Biodiversity Program, the Forestry
Development Authority of Liberia as well as commissioners, clan, and town chiefs residing along the Mt. Nimba Range in the County, according to media reports.
Minister McMillian disclosed that if the Nimba Nature Reserve is declared a Global Heritage Center, proper security will be required to secure plant and animal species in the forest that will promote
tourism, boost employment opportunities and massively contribute to the generation of revenue for national growth and development.
The Chairman of the Joint Forest Management Body of Nimba County, Saye Thompson, Saturday confirmed to reporters about the ongoing dialogue and the status of the East Nimba Reserve and that the forest is attracting international recognition because its management has worked exceedingly to standardize its policy to meet global Heritage eligibility criteria.

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