SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES IN THE GOLA FOREST RESERVE, EASTERN SIERRA LEONE By Samuel Faraday Saidu Final Year-B.Sc.(Hons)Env & Dev. INTRODUCTION.
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SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES IN THE GOLA FOREST RESERVE, EASTERN SIERRA LEONEBySamuel Faraday SaiduFinal Year-B.Sc.(Hons)Env & Dev.
Forests are nature’s most beautiful and versatile renewable resource, providing simultaneously a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits and services. The world wide demand for their numerous functions and outputs is increasing with the expanding population, while the global forest resource is shrinking either as a result of over harvesting, deforestation and permanent conversion to other forms of land use in many tropical regions.
Forest areas cover approximately 3.95 billion ha, accounting for 30.2% of the total land area of the world. But the global forest area continues to diminish by 7.317 million ha annually (average from 2000 to 2005 F.A.O). The most seriously affected areas are the tropical forests of South America, Africa and South-East Asia. But some temperate forests, especially in China, have increased their area.
The aim of this research is to investigate the rate at which forest resources in the Gola Forest Reserve, Dodo Chiefdom are being used and conserved.
From my findings I realized that 70% to 80% of the inhabitants living in this area are dependent on forest resources. Besides it is from these forest resources they get their livelihood to sustained themselves, their community and families, and this has greatly resulted into massive lost of forest resources (trees, wildlives, water)
For the fact that forest resource are very important in the lives of people and the environment as a whole, if not properly conserved/managed our future generation would not benefit from these forest resources. Therefore, to ensure the sustenance of these forest resources, the following recommendations should be highly considered and practiced.