How do we foster a society where humans live in harmony with rainforests? By making sure everyone has a say in how their forest is managed and protected. In Sierra Leone, the Jensen Project is enabling local people to do just that.
Kambui Hills Forest reserve is an area of scenic beauty located in the eastern province of Sierra Leone. It forms a fragment of the threatened Upper Guinea forest and, by extension, the greater Gola Rainforest landscape.
The forest reserve was established in 1919, and holds Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) status. It boasts over 200 bird species, five of which are of global conservation concern, including the emblematic White-necked Rockfowl Picathartes gymnocephalus (Vulnerable). The reserve also supports primates such as the Western Chimpanzee, Western Black and White Colobus, Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey, Sooty Mangabey and Campbell’s Monkey. Threatened antelopes including the Black Duiker and Maxwell’s Duiker roam the reserve alongside African Buffalo. The forest ecosystem also serves as a water catchment for Kenema City, which is the provincial capital.
Despite its protected status, less than 10% of the original forest area remains. Read how the community are running the reserve here.
The reserve is home to the White-necked Rockfowl (Vulnerable to extinction) © Francesco Veronesi