Beyond conservation, bushmeat is unregulated and unhygienically prepared, and dangerous to eat. Sometimes the meat is harvested from animals that died of disease or rotting in a snare and often butcher with rusty knives, and smoke in unsanitary conditions. Unsuspecting people who handle, sell or consume these unsafe products are at risk of contracting several diseases making this practice a cause for concern as it may introduce new emerging infectious diseases.
Liberia is the most forested country in West Africa. Forests cover about 68 percent of the land and contain 585 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Nevertheless, forest clearance (deforestation) and illegal logging (forest degradation) threaten Liberia’s forests. Deforestation and forest degradation harm biodiversity, contribute to climate change, and increase poverty. An estimated 60% of the population depends on the forests for livelihood.
‘Alongside climate change and biodiversity loss, pollution is part of the triple planetary crisis the world now faces’ United Nations Environment Programme. Every day, we produce tonnes of plastic waste that eventually wind up in the ocean. Ninety-nine percent of plastic is the product of chemicals derived from dirty, non-renewable sources. Most of it never really disappears. Nevertheless, awareness of the issue among Liberians is limited in Liberia.
This campaign is not funded any corporation or government involved in activities that natively impact the environment or the lives of ordinary people. Our ability to advocate independently and act freely is our strength. We depend on the generosity of ordinary people like you to fund our work.
Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) is a Liberian nonprofit and a network of development professionals working to promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty, and strengthen peace and stability in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Union Basin region: Liberia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone.
VOSIEDA use non-violent, creative confrontation to expose environmental injustices in Liberia and the West Africa’s Mano Basin region. Through our campaigns, we hope bring forth the solutions which are essential to a promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty, and strengthen peace and stability. Learn more about us.
Are you zealous about tropical forest, the ocean, wildlife and the environment? Do you want to be part of a campaign for a prosperous, and more sustainable communities in West Africa Mano River Basin region? Join our volunteers and together we can create a better life for local people and nature in Liberia and the Mano Raver Basin.
We are a network of volunteers working to promote prosperity, reduce extreme poverty, and strengthen peace and stability in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Union Basin region: Liberia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone. We rely on donations from organizations and people like you to run various campaigns. Make a donation.
‘Will Liberia Ever Learn‘ is a social marketing campaign from Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa working with the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia and the Critical Ecological Partnership Funds (CEPF).