Gola Rainforest Conservation Company

The Gola Rainforest Conservation Company (GRCC) is a not-for profit business limited by guarantee, registered in Sierra Leone. The GRCC has 4 Directors of the Government of Sierra Leone, the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK) and a Paramount Chief representative of the 7 Gola Chiefdoms. The company was established in 2015 with the purpose to support the management of the Gola Rainforest National Park. This collaborative partnership has been in existence for almost 30 years to protect the Gola Rainforest.

The GRCC’s support to the Gola Rainforest National Park protects the most important site for conservation in Sierra Leone and one of the most important landscapes in west Africa. Our work protects over 70,000 ha of high biodiversity forest, contributes to the fight against climate change and supports livelihood development of 122 forest edge communities (24,000 people) and the wider 7 Gola chiefdoms.

As part of the Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem the Gola Forest stretches across the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia. Initially conceived as a transboundary peace park, the project is playing a key part in protecting a potential 250,000 hectares of forest across the Sierra Leone-Liberia border.