Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex

Country/territory: Liberia

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 210,650 ha

Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
This proposed National Park includes part of Gola National Forest. It is situated in western Liberia between the Lofa and Mano rivers which, with their tributaries, drain the park. The international frontier with Sierra Leone forms the western boundary of the site, where it is contiguous with the Gola Forest Reserves IBA in Sierra Leone (SL010). The proposed park covers a large area of rainforest, evergreen in the south, becoming progressively more semi-deciduous to the north. The park also includes large patches of low bush, marshes and some savanna on lateritic soil. The region consists of a series of ridges of rounded hillocks with, in places, steep, bare, rocky slopes and river valleys. The rivers are characterized by spectacular rapids and waterfalls and are usually unfordable. The human population within the park is very low and the vegetation remains largely unmodified.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. It is possible that part of the western population of Malimbus ballmanni will be found to occur.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals recorded include Loxodonta africana (EN), Hexaprotodon liberiensis (VU), Pan troglodytes (EN) and Cercopithecus diana (VU).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.