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International Day for Rural Women

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, the Gola Rainforest Project and our partners are acknowledging the International Day for Rural Women. It is a day initiated by the UN to recognise the crucial role women play in 'enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty'.

You can read more about how the Gola Rainforest Project is empowering women across the Gola landscape in these two blogs written by our partners, the RSPB and TWIN.

International Chocolate Day - what better excuse to eat Gola chocolate?

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The RSPB have been trying chocolate samples made from cocoa grown by our Gola communities. The unique and clean flavour of Gola cocoa is proving very popular. We look forward to seeing the final RSPB Gola Rainforest Chocolate bars early next year.

The value of camera trapping in the Gola Forest

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out a new blog by the RSPB where they talk about the value of camera trapping in the Gola forest.

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A great and inspirational post from Birdlife International introducing the work of the Gola Cocoa project in Sierra Leone. Read more at" target="_blank">

Gola video in DieWelle Global Ideas

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A short film of Gola's work produced by DieWelle Global Ideas is now live. Somewhat misleading in the documentary as the footage of the mining was taken in a completely different part of the country, far from Gola. Our main driver for deforestation is slash/burn agriculture. And a correction, though we aspire to Gola cocoa being certifiied, it is not yet the case. See the movie here

New paper: Gola delivers conservation for Pygmy Hippos

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (1)

A new peer reviewed article was published this month in Oryx on work done in Gola, entitled 'A mix of community-based conservation and protected forests is needed for the survival of the Endangered pygmy hippopotamus Choeropsis liberiensis' by Hillers A. et al.

80.4 % of pygmy hippo signs were recorded outside protected areas. They were mainly along larger streams and swampy areas close to, but rarely within large intact forests. Our study highlights the importance of the unprotected community land for this Endangered species while maintaining a robust network of protected areas. Especially in Sierra Leone, the expansion of the protected area network is unrealistic and we conclude that community-based conservation activities are important for the survival of the pygmy hippopotamus.


At the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone, the recommendation of this study has already been put in practice since early 2016, with the establishment of our Community Youth Conservation Volunteer Programme focusing on pygmy hippos and the White-necked Picathartes. The pygmy hippo programme is funded by Basel Zoo, Switzerland, that has sponsored all our pygmy hippo work since 2010.

New paper: Gola delivers conservation for Picathartes

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A new peer reviewed article was just accepted in BirdLife Conservation International, Burgess et al 2016 "The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colony occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone".


Gola is of global importance to White-necked Picathartes. Monitoring of colonies over 8 years show mean colony occupation was consistently high in protected areas, and lower in unprotected areas. Active colony size declined overall, but declines were only significant in unprotected forest; colonies located within protected areas were buffered from significant decline.


Non-protected areas can remain important for species of conservation concern, even though occupancy and colony activity was reduced compared to protected areas. And efforts to

minimise colony disturbance and ensure continued occupancy, such as reducing forest clearance around existing colonies, the 4-km wide ’leakage belt’ under the Gola REDD project, and the new village mentoring and educational will all help.


Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday purchases Gola Credits

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

All our gratitude to Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday for their purchase of 250 Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) from Gola. A VCU is the unit by which we can do all our work, from the community development to conserving the unique biodiversity in the Gola Forest. Why not follow Honeyguide Wildlife Holiday and do the same? See the link at the bottom of this page.

Gola's Megafauna confirms the impact of our work

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Freshly retrieved from the (EC-funded) GolaMA project area in Liberia, we were absolutely delighted to witness this amazing sighting of a forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), especially considering the recent coverage of the conservation community's fight against the ivory trade. This truely confirms the impact of our work and how our landscape approach benefits people and biodiversity.  

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Gola Rainforest Directors Appointed

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gola Rainforest National Park is managed by the Gola Rainforest Conservation LG (non-profit company limited by guarantee) registered in Sierra Leone.

Hon Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Professor Monty Jones, Member of the Gola Rainforest Conservation Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) met with fellow members, the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (both partners of BirdLife International) to kick off the non-profit company. This resulted in the appointment of the Directors of the company who met for the very first time last week. The four Directors oversee the delivery of the Gola REDD Project against the VCS and CCBA standards, ensuring the direct benefits to local livelihoods and biodiversity. 

Directors of the Gola Rainforest Conservation LG, from Left to Right: Alameen Kanneh (Paramount Chief Representative), Sheku Kamara (CSSL), Kate Garnett (GoSL/National Protected Areas Authority), Nicolas Tubbs (RSPB)