Communities

The Protection of Customary Collective Community Land Rights in Liberia (P3CL) project is supporting 24 communities, covering 583,934 hectares of land in 8 counties to complete the Customary Land formalization processes.

The Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI), Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), and Parley Liberia are partnering in this project. The Liberia Land Authority is providing technical support to the project while carrying out its regulatory functions

NO COMMUNITY, DISTRICT COUNTIES POPULATION AREA (HA)

Foundation for Community Initiatives

 1 Doe, District No. 1 Grand Bassa 2,679 23,358
 2 Saywein, District No. 1 Grand Bassa 1,730 17,961
 3 Marblee, District No. 2 Grand Bassa 5,521  35,866
 4 Karblee, District No. 2 Grand Bassa 2,679 25,144
 5 Nyanpoh, Dugbe River District Sinoe 496  4,212
6 Seaton Community, Dugbe River Sinoe 767 4,195
7 Bonyonukonboe, Jeadea Sinoe 1,331 13,462
8 Lower Bokon, Jeadea Sinoe 842 4,346
Sub-totals (FCI)
16,045
128,544

NO COMMUNITY, DISTRICT COUNTIES POPULATION AREA (HA)

Parley Liberia

 1 Menquelleh, Sanoyea Bong 6,343  23,171
 2 Jorpolu, Jorquelleh Bong 9,909 24,593
 3 Hemba, Lukambeh Lofa 4,497  74,274
 4 Lukasu, Lukambeh Lofa 8,437 68,543
 5 Sehyi, Sanniquellie-Mahn Nimba 24,038  34,187
6 Gbah, Yarmein Nimba 9,993 31,812
7 Zohr, Gbehlay-Geh Nimba 5,924 12,466
8 Laokao, Gbehlay-Geh Nimba 4,933 19,650
Sub-totals (Parley)
74,074
288,696

NO COMMUNITY, DISTRICT COUNTIES POPULATION AREA (HA)

Sustainable Development Institute

 1 Dorbor, Central Rivercess Rivercess 737  23,171
 2 Gbarsaw, Nyonwein Rivercess  1,743 24,593
 3 Teekpeh, Central Rivercess Rivercess 2,804  74,274
 4 Zialue, Central Riverces Rivercess  2,242 68,543
 5 Cavalla, Nyonken Maryland 2,650  34,187
6 Rock Town, Nyonken Maryland  3,182 31,812
7 Cherboken, Potupo River Gee 1,826 12,466
8 Jaytoken, Karfore River Gee 2,827 19,650
Sub-totals (SDI)
18,011
166,694

Details about each communities

Geography: Dorbor Community is located in Dowein Chiefdom, Central Cee Administrative District in RiverCess County. The local administrative headquarter for Dorbor Community is Garpue Town. Dorbor comprises of ten (10) towns including Vondeh, Powoe, Porkor, Garpue, Sand, Porkpeh, Gbettah, Saykpahyar, Zanway, and Bolazah, and four major villages including King, Make Sure, Zanway, and Gataly. Dorbor has boundaries with Zordyu in Gbarsaw Clan, Barkay in Gbarsaw Clan, Nimba Junction in Dowein Clan, Sand Beach Junction in Teekpeh Clan, Borkon in Teekpeh Clan, Garlalee in Joewein Clan, and Wheh in Joewein Clan.

Demography: Dorbor Community has an estimated population of 2,700 – 1,800 women and 900 men. Women make up 65% of the population while men make up 35% of the population. Bassa is the most widely spoken local dialect. Other dialects spoken in Dorbor Community are Kru, Gio, Kissi, Kpelle, Gola, and Mandingo. Christianity is the most practiced religion.

 

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Dorbor are farming, fishing, hunting, Pit-sawing, artisanal mining. The women are mostly engaged in farming, fishing, and petty trading, while the men are mostly involved in hunting, pit sawing, and artisanal mining. The community members walk about 4 hours to the nearby market to sell their crops and purchased goods.

Social services and infrastructure: There are three schools in the community. Garpue Town Public School is Junior High School with over 300 hundred students. The community has a clinic that is operated by the government. A second clinic is under construction with funding from the community’s forestry funds. Most of the roads within Dorbor are currently in good condition. The roads were recently rehabilitated by a World Bank project.

Natural resources: Dorbor has a joint Community Forest Management Agreement with Gbarsaw Community. Local community members are doing artisanal mining with in the community.

Geography: Gbarsaw Community is located in Kporwein Chiefdom, Nyorwein Administrative District in RiverCess County. Sahyah Town is administrative headquarter for Gbarsaw Community. Gbarsaw comprises of 13 Towns including Cee Town, Sahyah Town, Neaka Town, Gbar Town, Ceay Town, Bantoe Town, Zordyu Town, Geezay Town, Jaye Town, Gorzohn Town, New Juu Town, Gbowea Town, and Chenwon Town. The Community is bordered with Yeabain Town in Kahnweh Clan, Logan Town in Wheasay Clan, Sawkon Town in Kahnweh Clan, Bahn’s Town in Gonotar Clan, Barkay Town in Doewein Clan.

Demography: Gbarsaw Community has an estimated population of 1,743 – 1,015 women and 728 men. Women make up 58% of the population while men make up 42% of the population. Bassa is the most widely spoken local dialect. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in Gbarsaw.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Gbarsaw are subsistence farming, hunting, fishing, mining, and pit sawing. Men are mostly involved in Chainsaw milling, hunting, and mining while women are mostly involved with farming, fishing, and petty trading. The general market for the community is hosted in Sahyah Town every Friday.

Social services and infrastructure: Gbarsaw has an elementary school in Sahyah Town along with other small tutoring schools in few towns within the community. The community also has a Clinic in Sahyah Town.  The roads conditions can be challenging during the rainy season.

Natural resources: Gbarsaw along with Dorbor has a Community Forest Management Agreement. The communities have an agreement with a company called Mandra that is currently logging the forest. Few community members are also engaged into artisanal mining and Chainsaw milling.

Geography: Teekpeh Community is located in Kplor Chiefdom, Central Cee Administrative District in RiverCess County. The administrative headquarter of Teekpeh Community is Teekpeh Town. The Community comprises of 11 towns including Zammie, Gumu, Teekpeh, Sehyee, Sahn, Borkon, and Yolo. The Community is bordered with Sayee, Goyah, and Gborwuzohn Towns in Ziadue Clan, Bolazah Town in Dorbor Clan, Budain Town in Sawpue Clan, and Sawkon Town in Jowein Clan.

Demography: Teekpeh has an estimated population of 2,805 including 1,500 women and 1,305 men. Women make up 54% of the population while men make up 46% of the population. Bassa is the most widely spoken local dialect. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the community.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Teekpeh is subsistence farming, artisanal mining, fishing, and chainsaw milling. Women are mostly involved with farming and petty trading. Most of the commercial activities are done within Zammie Town.

Social services and infrastructure: The community has 5 elementary schools with one junior high school.  The community has one Community clinic in Zammie Town. The roads are mostly deplorable during the rainy season.

Natural resources: Teekpeh and Ziadue have a joint Community Forest Management Agreement with the Forestry Development Authority. The community signed an agreement with LTTC/Mandra log their community forest. Community members are involved in artisanal mining and chainsaw milling.

Geography: Ziadue is located in Kplor Chiefdom, Central Cee Administrative District in RiverCess County. Karchukon Town is considered the administrative headquarter for Ziadue Community. The Community comprises of 7 towns including Ziadue, Blatoe, Karchukon, Goyah, Johnny, Gborwuzon, and Gbardiah. Ziadue Community is bordered with Jolo Town, Zeegar Town, Zammie Town Clan, and Sand Beach in Teekpeh, and Nonnar Town in Bearwor Clan.

Demography: Ziadue Community has an estimated population of 2,242 with 1,000 women and 1,242 men. Women make up 45% of the population while men make up 55% of the population. Bassa is the main local dialect spoken in the area. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in Ziadue.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in the community are subsistence farming, Fishing, hunting, chainsaw milling, and industrial mining. Most of the men are engaged in pit sawing, hunting and artisanal mining as a source of livelihood. The women are mostly involved with farming activities. Karchukon is the commercial Town.  

Social services and infrastructure: The community has 7 elementary schools, one in each of the 7 towns that make up the community. The community has one health center in Karchukon Town

Natural resources: Ziadue and Teekpeh communities have a joint Community Forest Management Agreement with the Forestry Development Authority, and they have an agreement with LTTC/Mandra. Some community members are also engaged into mining.

Geography: Cavalla Community is located in Upper Nyonken Chiefdom, Nyonken Administrative District in Baraboo Statutory District. The community is situated within Maryland County. The local administrative headquarter for Cavalla community is Cavalla Town. Cavalla Community comprises of 4 quarters including: Geleo, Nyanoon, Foloah and Flageleo. The community has a total of 1 town and 4 villages. Cavalla Community is bordered with Gutuken section, Tenken section, (Both section is located in Baraboo Statutory District).

Demography: Cavalla Community has an estimated population of 1,900 persons – 800 women and 1,100 men. Women make up 42% of the population while men make up 58% of the population. Grebo is the most widely spoken local dialect. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the area. They also practice the poro and sande societies.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Cavalla is subsistence farming and hunting. The men are engaged farming, hunting, and pit sawing. The women are mostly involved in farming activities and business. The Community don’t market. Community members usually purchased goods at Glofaken market, which is on Thursday.

Social services and infrastructure: There is 1 school (Elementary) in the community. The Cavalla Elementary is currently operational. The enrollment level is on a medium scale. The condition of the road leading to Cavalla Community is in a very good condition. There is a mini clinic that is functional within the community.

Natural resources: The forest land of Cavalla community is vast. Some community member are involved in pit sawing for domestic markets.

Geography: Rocktown Community is located in Upper Nyonken Chiefdom, Nyonken Administrative District in Baraboo Statutory District, Maryland County. The local administrative headquarter for Rocktown community is Rocktown, and comprises of 4 quarters including Gwioh, Floewor, Nyanue and Nyanoon. The community has one town and 3 villages. Rocktown Community is bordered with Gutuken section, Teaken section, Tenken section (disputed) and Gwissiken section, all located within Baraboo Statutory District.

Demography: Rocktown Community has an estimated population of 1,410 persons including 695 women and 715 men. Women make up 49% of the population while men make up 51% of the population. Grebo is the most widely spoken local dialect. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the area. They also practice the poro and sande societies.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Cavalla is subsistence farming, hunting, cattle rearing, and chainsaw milling. They also engage in hunting. The men are engaged in hunting, chainsaw milling, and farming while women are mostly involved in farming activities. The main commercial center is Glofaken, which hosts a market on Thursdays.

Social services and infrastructure: There is one Junior High School in the community. The school is currently operational. A mini clinic is under construction in the community.

Natural resources: The forest land of Rocktown community is vast.

 

Geography: Cherboken community is located in Prowloken Chiefdom in Potupo Administrative District. The community is situated within River Gee County. The local administrative headquarter for Cherboken is Pennoken Town. Cherboken community comprises of 3 towns including: Pennoken, Jayploken and Saikena. Cherboken Community is bordered with Geeken Town, Wropaken Clan, Bortiken Town, Gmatu Clan, Teajiliken Town and Fish Town Kayken Clan, Mimuken Town, Mimuken clan, Juwelpo Town, Kartoken Clan, Wiffiken Town Saykliken Clan. The bordering towns are located in three district including Potupo, Chedepo and Sarbo district.

Demography: Cherboken Community has an estimated population of 2,376 – 1,092 women and 1,283 men. Women make up 46% of the population while men make up 54% of the population. Grebo is the most widely spoken local dialect. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the community.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Cherboken is subsistence farming. The men are engaged in hunting, fishing, Cocoa and Rubber farming. Hunting is also a source of livelihood in Cherboken. The women mostly grow pepper, beans farming, and engage in small businesses selling basic commodities. Cherboken community does not have a designated market day, however, the community borders Fish Town, the capital of River Gee County, which host a general market on Thursdays. The community is two hours away from Fish Town.

Social services and infrastructure: There are 2 elementary schools in the community. Cherboken community has a health center that caters to the community and other adjacent communities. Two of the Sub-units in the community, Jayploken and Pennoken, have relatively good roads unlike Saiken town that does not has on a bush path.

Natural resources: There is artisanal mining going on in the community. The community is applying for Community Forest Management Agreement.

 

Geography: Jaytoken Community is located in Cherboken Chiefdom, Karfore Administrative District in RiverGee County. The local administrative headquarter is Jaytoken Town. Jaytoken Community is one of the units within Cherboken Chiefdom, and it is made up of two towns, i.e. Jaytoken and Warliken, and 6 villages including Doe, Chinarwin, Dweh’s, John Chenken, Kaye, Nyantee’s. The community was declared a Clan in 2002 at the result of RiverGee County creation. Jaytoken Community is bordered with Flewroken, Putuken, Bletiken, and Cherboken towns. The bordering towns are located in Neteaken Clan, Jayliken Clan, Weleboken Clan in Kamutua and Nyanwriliken Chiefdoms.   

Demography: Jaytoken Community has an estimated population of 2,800 including 1,700 women and 1,100 men. Women constitute 61% of the population while men make up approximately 39%. Grebo is the most widely spoken local dialect, and Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the area. Other ethnic groups living in Jaytoken are Krahn, Gio, and Kpelle.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Jaytoken Community is subsistence farming. The community members are engaged in the production of rice, cassava, cocoa, and oil palm. They are also animal rearing and artisanal mining. Most of the community members do their daily commercial activities within the closest market in Putuken and Kanweaken City.

Social services and infrastructure: Jaytoken Community has one Elementary school with about 300 students currently. The community does not have any health facility. Community members visit a clinic about 3-hours walk away. The primary road becomes very difficult during the rainy season.

Natural resources: Artisanal mining by locals and other West African nationals is common.

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