PARLEY LIBERIA

What Parley Does.

Parley Liberia provides collaborative dispute resolution and decision-making services to communities, companies and government regulators collaborating to develop land and natural resources in Liberia. Parley’s path finding work with communities, civil society partners and the government of Liberia to secure community land titles has contributed to the development policies and standards related to community self-identification, the establishment of community land governance institutions and inter-community boundary harmonization. Parley is presently assisting 20 communities to formalize customary land covering an area in excess of 420,000 hectares.

Tenure Facility Community Profiles

Lukasu Clan

Lukasu Clan (pop. 4,497, est. area 68,543 ha.) is situated in Lukambeh Administrative District, Lofa County. The clan is comprised of 25 towns and is predominantly Gbandi-speaking, although significant minority populations of Kissi, Mende, Gola, Lorma and Mandingo communities have long been settled in the area. The local economy is based primarily on the cultivation of rice, oil palm, cocoa, coffee and cotton. Lukasu possesses abundant primary forests and hydrological resources. Lukasu is bounded by Wanwoma Clan to the West, Bondi Clan to the North, Hassala Clan on the Southwest, Guma Clan to the South, and Zoi Clan to the Southeast. The Clan Headquarters are located at Bondorwalahun.

Hembeh Clan

Hembeh Clan (pop. 8,437, est. area 74,274 ha.) is situated in Lukambeh Administrative District, Lofa County. The clan is comprised of 13 towns and is predominantly Gbandi-speaking, with significant minority populations of Kissi, Mende, Gola, Lorma and Mandingo speakers. The local economiy is based primarily on the cultivation of rice, palm oil, cocao and coffee. Timber is also important contributor to Hembeh’s local economy. Hembeh is bounded by Bondi Clan to the North East, Buluyeama Clan to the East, Lukusu Clan to the West, Bokomu Clan to the South East and Guma Clan to the South. The Clan Headquarters are located at Pasolahun.

Mehnquelleh Clan

Mehnquelleh Clan (pop. 6,343, est. area 23,171 ha.) is situated in Sanoyea District, Bong County. The clan is comprised of 42 towns and is predominantly Kpelle speaking with significant minority populations of Lorma, Kissi, Vai, Mandingo and Mano speakers. Local economy is based primarily on the cultivation of rice, palm oil, sugar cane, cacao and rubber. The Mehn River is a key natural feature within the clan. Mehnquelleh is bounded by five clans: Kparquillie to the North, Kporyorquelleh and Kpatawee to the East, Walapolu to the West and Nyallah to the North West. The Clan Headquarters are located in Gbonota.

 

Jorpolu Clan

Jorpolu Clan (pop. 9,909, est. area 24,593 ha.) is situated in Jorquelleh Chiefdom in Bong County and takes its name from the Jor River that runs through the Clan. Jorpolu is predominantly Kpelle speaking with significant minority populations of Lorma, Kissi, Vai and Mandingo speakers. Local economy is based primarily on the cultivation of rice, palm oil, sugar cane, cacao and rubber. is bounded by Central Zota Clan, Jorquelleh Clan, Behquelleh Clan, Kporyaquelleh Clan and Gwailapolue Clan. The Clan Headquarters are located in Gbarmue.

Gbah Clan

Gbah Clan (pop. 9,993, est. area 31,812 ha.) is situated in Yarmein Chiefdom, Yarmein Administrative District, Nimba County. The Clan is named after the largest and most prominent of its five towns, Gbapa. Gbah is predominantly Man speaking, but significant minority populations of  Bassa, Kpelle, Mandingo, Kissi speaking Liberia reside within the Clan. In addition to this Mauritanians, Burkinabe, Ivoirians, Malians, and Guineans have settled in the area over the years to work the local diamond mines. Farming constitutes the main income source for inhabitants of Gbah Clan However, its main town of Gbapa is one of the leading diamond-mining areas of Nimba County. The clan’s main cash crops include rubber, oil palm, coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, plantain, cassava, and rice. The Gbah Clan jointly owns the Gbah Community Forest with Sehyi Clan, and is a member of the Blei Community Forest managed by communities from Gbah Clan, Zor Clan, and Sehyi Clan. Pit sawing and remittances from the Arcelor-Mittal Concession are other sources of income. The Clan Headquarters are located in Gbapa.

Zor Clan

Zor Clan (pop. 5,924, est. area 12,466 ha.) is situated in Gbehlay-Geh Statutory District, Nimba County. The clan is bounded by Lankao Clan to the East, Sango-zao Clan to the Southeast, Kpayee  and Gbein clans to the South, Sehyi Clan to the Southwest, and the East Nimba Nature Reserve to the North. The population consists of Dan and Man speaking people, with both languages spoken interchangeably by over 80% of the population. Important minority ethnic groups include Kpelle, Mandingo, Bassa, Kissi, and Fula. Zor Clan is one of the main artisanal diamond-mining regions of Nimba County, with intermittent booms from time to time. However, farming constitutes the main livelihood. The clan’s main crops are plantains, eddoes, rice, rubber, and oil palm. Pit sawing is on the increase, providing an additional source for revenue. With East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR) just next door, Zor Clan is looking to develop new economic activity around tourism. The Clan Headquarters are located in Zualay.

Seyhi Clan

Seyhi Clan (pop. 24,038, est. area 34,187 ha.) is located in Sanniquellie-Mahn District, Nimba County. The Clan’s traditional territory has been partly subsumed by Sanniquellie City making this one of the most urbanized customary areas in Liberia. 18 towns within the clan remain governed under customary traditions. While these towns’ residential land areas are being sold per urban standards, there still maintain large tracks of farmland held and used under customary arrangements. The Poro and Sandi traditions are widely observed in Sehyi Clan and Sehyi-geh hosts the clan’s central Poro shrine and venue for all major Poro meetings. Agriculture is the mean income-generating activity for inhabitants of Sehyi Clan. Vegetable and sugar cane farming, and life crops such as rubber, oil palm, and fruit trees are the main cash crops. There is artisan mining of diamonds in Zolowee, Vanyapa and Makinto I. Hosting the Tokadeh Mountain being mined by Arcelor-Mittal, a few residents of Sehyi Clan also benefit from employment opportunities with the company. Sehyi Clan enjoys relatively good infrastructure and access to services. The Clan Headquarters are located in Sehyikenpa.

Lankao Clan

Lankao Clan (pop. 4,933, est. area 19,650 ha.) is situated in in Gbehlay-Geh Statutory District, Gbehlay Administrative District, Nimba County. The clan is bounded by Zor Clan to the West, Sango-zao Clan to the East, Kpayee Clan to the South, and the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and the East Nimba Nature Reserve to the North. Dan and Man speaking people, are spoken  interchangeably by over 80% and significant minority populations of Kpelle, Mandingo, and Bassa have been long settled in the area. Lankao is extensively forested and shares the Zor Community Forest with Zor Clan. Farming constitutes the main livelihood source. The clan’s main crops are plantains, eddoes, rice, rubber, and oil palm. Pit sawing is an increasingly important livelihood, providing an additional source for revenue to the community. With the East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR) next door, Lankao is seeking to develop tourism opportunities.  The Clan Headquarters are located in Goagortuo.

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