PAPFor (Support programme for the preservation of forest ecosystems in West Africa) aims to promote an endogenous, sustainable and inclusive development of West African forest areas, responding to the challenges of climate change and the maintenance of biodiversity.
To effectively and efficiently protect biodiversity and priority forest ecosystems in West Africa, contributing to climate change resilience and food and water security.
Six transboundary forest landscapes in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria.
PAPFor has two main components:
The duration of the programme is 5 years (2019-2024), with a provisional budget of 20 million euros.
93% of the budget is allocated to component 1 (field programme) and 7% to component 2 (regional convergence and coordination).
Through field programmes in 6 priority forest landscapes:
As the majority of the remaining Guinean forests are in Liberia and as four of the six landscapes cover Liberia, the regional coordination of PAPFor is based in Monrovia.
The offices of the regional coordination are located at the Society for Conservation of Nature in Liberia and the structure will be light in structure.
Working closely with national administrations and regional institutions, and supporting the six landscapes, regional coordination focuses on three main outcomes:
Shared between Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Gola-Foya Landscape holds large expanses of primary lowland forests. It is a key area for conservation, holding over 60 threatened species including Zebra Duiker, Western Red and Western Pied Colobuses, Forest Elephants and Chimpanzees.
The forest plays a critical role in mitigating the impact of climate change. Birdlife and its partners work with local communities and the local administration to develop sustainable livelihoods programmes. and to improve the management effectiveness of the Protected Areas.
The landscape encompasses Gola Rainforest National Park, Gola Forest National Park, Kambui Hills Forest Reserve, Tiwai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Proposed Protected Area of Foya.
This page shows the evolution of land cover in the landscape between 2001 and 2020 using Landsat-5/7/8 optical satellite images. The page also gives examples of deforestation, active fires and burnt areas detected by the Sentinel satellites of the European program Copernicus.
The figure above shows deforestation by period throughout the Gola-Foya priority landscape. The areas in gray represent the areas deforested before 2001, the areas in blue are those deforested between 2001 and 2007, the areas in yellow are those deforested between 2007 and 2014 and the areas in red are those deforested between 2014 and 2020. This red dominant testifies to the acceleration of deforestation in the last period.
The figure above shows the evolution of forest cover loss by period in the four conservation units: entire landscape, national parks, forest reserves and proposed protected area.
It can be seen that national parks have been preserved while forest reserves have suffered an increasing loss of their forests.
FLEGT Watch is an automatic deforestation detection system for Central and West Africa using Sentinel-1 radar satellite images Sentinel-1. This section shows three examples of deforestation detected by FLEGTWatch in Gola Forest National Park (Liberia).
This deforestation occurs in the north-western part of Gola Forest National Park, 200 meters south-east of Nyekehun village.
Analysis of Sentinel-2 optical images (C and D) confirms that the forest remnants observed in A are no longer present in B. It should be noted that the almost permanent cloud cover over the area made it necessary to search for optical data well before the event of May 05, 2020 (first cloudless image on 14.01.2020) and well after the event (first cloudless image on 14.11.2020).view the event
In the imaged radar (A and B), a clear cut can be observed between 5 and 17 May 2020. This deforestation occurs in the north-western part of Gola Forest national park 400 meters south of the village of Morta
The analysis of the Sentinel-2 optical image (C et D) confirms that the forest (C) has been clearly cut (D) revealing a clearing of about one (1) hectare.
This phenomenon of “nibbling” around parks is common especially when it occurs near villages.
One may note here the proximity of the border between Liberia and Sierra-Leone.view the event
A novel algorithm automatically detects active fire fronts from Sentinel-2 optical data.
The figure above shows a Sentinel-2 image acquired on January 14, 2020 in the dry season. Active fire fronts are appearing in yellow-orange.
Figure B shows in red the result of the segmentation of the active fire fronts observed in the image A. From this segmentation, we can calculate the fire occurrences.
The detection of active fires can be used for early warning of fires.view active fires
Figure C shows a Sentinel-2 image acquired on January 14, 2020. One may observe burnt areas appearing in magenta.
Figure D shows in brown the result of the segmentation of the burnt areas observed in the image C. From this segmentation, we can calculate the occurrences of burnt areas.view the burnt areas