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Gola Rainforest, Sierra Leone

Only declared to be a national park at the end of 2010, the Gola Rainforest is Sierra Leone’s largest swath of rainforest, and at one point, was one of the most commercially exploited. Now it’s known as home to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, and mammals, including a small number of wild elephants. The cacao produced in the area is processed by the Goleagorbu Cocoa Producers Organisation (GCPO), an umbrella association of nearly 2000 cocoa farmers who live in the forest edge communities surrounding the Park.

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