FDA, STI, Partners Brainstorm on Forest Management

first_imgThe Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Sustainable Trade Initiative (STI), concession heads, civil society representatives, stakeholders, donor partners have stressed the need for the forest management process to move forward.These assertions were advanced yesterday in Monrovia at a one day consultative conference on the Concept Note crafted by the IHD Sustainable Trade Initiative. The ceremony was held at the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) in Monrovia, where FDA Managing Director Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., said in order for Liberia to conserve the forest, a letter of Intent was signed last year with the Kingdom of Norway in New York, the United States of America.According to him, the actual intent of that letter signed with Norway is to preserve and conserve the Liberian forest and increase productivity in the cash and food crops.He also pointed out that Liberia does not want to conserve the forest and see Liberians dying with hunger and other related socio-economic hardships in the country.“As a result of that vital forest initiative, a high-powered delegation is currently in the country to hold discussions with the government, stakeholders, forest concessionaires, partners in the oil palm sector in the country,” Director Karnwea asserted.He also disclosed that the two separate delegations are in the country to assist Liberia forest stakeholders and partners work out plans that would make the Liberian forest productive and sustainable.Earlier, the Director General of the National Bureau of Concessions, Madam Ciata Bishop, urged the participants to talk and work out concrete modalities for the sustainable preservation of the Liberian forest.“It is our hopes that our partners will work together to finalize documents that would be in the best interest of the country,” Madam Bishop concluded.In a brief remark, the Focal Person on Liberia-Norway deal, Arid Skedsmo, urged the participants to accelerate the process of putting finishing touches to the documents that would enhance the sustainable management and conservation of the forest. Also speaking, Civil Society representative Francis K. Colee of Green Advocates assured the FDA management and partners of the Liberian civil society groups willingness to work together and finalize the forest documents.He then stressed the need for the enhancement of the forest concept paper in order that forest dwellers and community land owners could experience the benefits of their natural resources.“We are all in the same boat and I want to assure you people that we will work together to see the practical implementation of the concept paper,” Mr. Colee noted.The concept paper among other components intimated that international companies are compelled to avoid deforestation by their commitment to environmental standards at every level. According to the paper, the successful development of concessions necessarily requires the simultaneous achievement of commercial, community and conservation objectives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Juventus top MLS All-Stars on penalties

first_imgAfter Wright-Phillips’ effort bounced off the post to leave Juventus up 4-3 — Mattia De Sciglio fired into the upper left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen to settle it.Andrea Favilli had put Juventus ahead in the 21st minute, heading in a curling cross by Matheus Pereira.The MLS All-Stars, selected from around the league through fan voting, pulled level in the 26th minute through Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez — the Venezuela star and former Torino forward who leads MLS with 24 goals in 23 matches.Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny saved an initial effort, but after a scramble in the area, Martinez bundled the ball in to score in front of his home crowd.Diego Valeri of the MLS All-Stars scores the third penality kick against Juventus during their 2018 MLS All-Star Game, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 1 © GETTY/AFP / Kevin C. Cox“It’s been a moving week here,” Martinez said. “I have to thank all the fans in Atlanta for the way they support us all the time and the wonderful experience in this game.”He added, however, that there was “a lot of pressure” on the All-Star team.“Beyond the fact that we had a very good opponent, it was an important game, especially a team of this caliber. We had never played together before. We only had three days to meet, but I think we looked good despite that.”It marked the second straight year that the All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 draw to go to a shoot-out. Last year, Real Madrid beat the All-Stars 4-2 on penalties at Soldier Field in Chicago.The crowd was the largest ever for the MLS All-Star game, surpassing the 70,728 for the 2010 edition in Houston.The game was one of four matches for Juventus on their North American tour, but they haven’t brought off-season acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner whose 100 million-euro ($117 million) move from European champions Real Madrid was announced in July.With three wins from three matches, Juventus will look to make it a clean sweep of the tour on Saturday night against Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Washington, DC.“It was really a wonderful game, and it was a good preparation for us,” said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who said he was “very pleasantly surprised” by the atmosphere in Atlanta.“You know it’s not easy to put 70,000 people in a stadium like today,” he said.The All-Stars were without Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was voted into the contest against his former club by fans but would have been playing in his third game in seven days.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goalkeeper Zack Steffen of the MLS All-Stars fails to block a penalty shot by Mattia De Sciglio of Juventus during their 2018 MLS All-Star Game, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 1 © GETTY/AFP / Kevin C. CoxWASHINGTON, United States, Aug 2 – Serie A champions Juventus got the best of Major League Soccer’s All-Stars in a penalty shootout on Wednesday after an entertaining 1-1 draw in the North American league’s mid-season exhibition.Before a crowd of 72,317 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — home of MLS’s Atlanta United — Juventus prevailed 5-3 in the shoot-out after New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips missed his penalty attempt.last_img read more