New National Park for Sierra Leone

Troubled Sierra Leone is discovering that tourism beats logging.

Thanks to RSPBUntil recently, residents of the Gola Forest, in Sierra Leone, made money by letting their land to loggers resulting in the area becoming endangered.

In a drive to stop logging and increase tourism the government have allocated an area of 75 sq km, which is home to chimpanzees, forest buffalo and leopards, to create a new national park. Locals are to be compensated for the money they would have made from logging via a trust fund to ensure the practice is abandoned.

Those donating to the fund include, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the European Commission and France are.

The Sierra Leone government plans to set up eight more national parks around the country eventually.