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Forests | 10th October 2003

Act – 2003 – Act for the Extension of the Sapo National Park – Liberia
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Act – 2003 – Act for the Extension of the Sapo National Park – Liberia

AN ACT
FOR THE EXTENSION OF TI1E
SAPO NATIONAL PARK
APPROVED: OCTOBER 10,2003
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
,OCTOBER 24, 2003
MONROVIA, LIBERIA
AN ACT FOR THE EXTENSION OF
THE SAPO NATIONAL PARK
WHEREAS, it has been the policy of the Government of the Republic
of Liberia to adopt such measures as deemed conducive in the interest
of the State; and
WHEREAS, our forests are among our greatest natural
resources and may be made to contribute greatly to the socioeconomic,
scientific and educational welfare of Liberia by being
managed in such a manner as to ensure their sustainable use; and
WHEREAS, the protection, conservation and sustainable
utilization of these resources must be carried out promptly, efficiently
and wisely, under such conditions as will ensure continued benefits
to present and future generations of Liberia; and
WHEREAS, 'Sapo National Park, establlsheo in 1983, is
recognized as being at the core of an immense forests block of the
Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem that is important to the conservation
of the biodiversity of Liberia and of West Africa as a whole; and
WHEREAS, it has been determined by socio-economic and
biological surveys and with consultation of the local community that
the integrity of the Sapo National Park consisting of 323,075 acres
requires that its boundaries be extended;
NOW THEREFORE it is enacted by the Senate and the House at
Representatives ofthe Republic ofUberia, in Legislative Assembled:
Section 1.1 Title: An Act for the Extension of the Sapo National
Park to Embrace 445,677 Acres of Forest Land
Section 1. 2 Short Title: This Act may be cited as the Sapo National
Park Act
Section 2.3 Definitions:
"Chains" means a unit of measurement that' is 80 chains to a mile,
"Bounds" means lines defining distance between metes,
"Metes" means point of direction change in demarcating boundary
lines,
"Metes and Bounds" define the perimeter of an area.
"National Park" means an area of sufficient size to form a complete
ecological unit, legally set-aside for the preservation and enjoyment
of features that have outstanding natural beauty, cultural or biological
significance.
Section 2.1 Metes, Bounds and description:
a) The Sapo National Park is located in the Southwestern section
of Liberia in Sinoe County. It lies between 5 degrees DO' to 5
degree 50' North and North Latitude and 8 degrees 00' to 9
degrees 00' West Longitude,
b) Commencing at a point at the confluence of the Sinoe River and
the Wanna Creek a line runs along the Wanna Creek
c) Due East for 552 chains; thence due East for 1140 chains to a
point; thence North 63 degrees for 1980 chains to a point; thence
North 36 degrees East for 689 chains to a point; thence North 55
degrees 30' West for 316 chains to a point; thence South 83
degrees 30' West for 884 chains to a point; thence North 48
degrees West for 526 chains to a point; thence South 56 degrees
30' West for 1110 chains to a point; thence due South 51 degrees
West for 999 chains to a point; thence due South for 174 chains
to a point on the Sinoe River; thence a line runs along the Sinoe
River in the Southern direction for 760 chains to the point of
commencement (confluence of Sinoe River and Wanna Creek)
embracing 445,667 acres of forest land and no more.
Section 2.2: Management of the Sapo Netione! Park: The said
National Park shall be managed as a permanent component of the
Protected Forest Area Network of Liberia in accordance with such
rules and regulations as may from time to time be promulgated by
the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia for the purpose.
Section 3: This Act shall take effect immediately upon publication
in handbills.
Any Lawto The Contrary Notwithstanding.

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