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Grand Gedeh: Manage Your Benefits – LDI Tells Communities

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Local communities in Grand Gedeh County have been urged to manage their share of the benefits from revenues generated from logging in their areas.

The Executive Director of the Liberia Democratic Institute or LDI, Dan Saryee said his organization was working with the local communities to ensure that the logs extracted from their communities were taken away under legal and transparent means.

Speaking during a news conference in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County recently, Saryee noted that the primary concern of the LDI was to provide support for the communities, and facilitate their participation in understanding what constitutes legal logging, as well as benefits that must be accrued.

“Under the arrangement, the Social Agreement between logging Companies and the Community Forest Development Committee or CFDC, benefits were spell out in blue print.  We have been working hard with the Forest Management Committee or FMC in area “F” for the past one and a half years when we previously develop the By-laws and Constitution with the initial structure being vetted,” he maintained.

Mr. Saryee said since the signing of the Social Agreement Contract in the Southeast, Civil Society Organizations (CBOs) have been working closely with the various communities to provide the necessary pieces of information in consonance with their aspirations and developing agenda.

The LDI Head who presented a motorcycle valued at US$2,000.00 to the CFDC, noted “We making our interest known in helping to strengthen the capacity of the communities in a tangible and concrete terms. We want for our people to brief and understand the policy which has been made at the national level”.

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