Partners

The following is a brief description of the activities of some of the various LFI partners working on forestry in Liberia.

Center for International Forestry Research The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) are conducting research with Liberian partner institutions in order to explore and present options for community based sustainable forest management, productivity enhancements, livelihood support and wealth creation for rural communities in forested landscapes.

Environmental Law Institute The Environmental Law Institute is addressing shortcomings in existing Liberian forestry law and regulation. In particular, with funding from the USDA Forest Service and UNEP, ELI is working with local partners Green Advocates and Sustainable Development Institute to: incorporate updated forest management practices; revise concession allocation procedures; ensure financial transparency; create environmental impact assessment regulations for forestry activities; and incorporate multilateral environmental agreements into Liberia's statutes and regulations. Read more

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is supporting the development of forestry policy and a national forest programme for Liberia. It is also supporting data collection and analysis in the forestry sector, in particular with respect to the development of a transparent and efficient forest revenue system for Liberia.

The World Conservation Union One of the first and critical steps identified for forest sector reform was the undertaking of a concession review process to identify those concession holders that have operated illegally or outside of their concession agreements in Liberia in the past. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is working with Liberian NGOs to facilitate the engagement of civil society participation in the concession review. This includes public outreach and awareness raising as well as consultations to present the lessons learned from the review process and, most importantly, to solicit input on how the system can be reformed in a way so that it contributes more to sustainable local livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. The outcomes of the concession review and public outreach strategy will be used to report the outcomes of the process to communities and to solicit input into specific legal and regulatory reform proposals being developed. A summary report will be available soon. Read more

USDA Forest Service As part of a larger US Government inter-agency effort, the USDA Forest Service is working in collaboration with LFI partners and the Forestry Development Authority to reform the Liberian Forestry Sector and build capacity for sustainable forest management. It is implementing a multiple-use approach, balancing conservation and economic development needs, focused on the following objectives: improving regulation and sustainability of logging concessions; improving the governance of revenues emanating from forestry operations; building the capacity of the Forestry Development Authority; and initiating a land-use planning process to define zones for habitat conservation, commercial forestry, community forest use and other management objectives. Priority activities include reviewing existing concession agreements, implementing transparent systems for timber extraction and revenue collection activities, assessing the state and extent of Liberia's forests, and developing community based forestry and protected area management activities. Read more

World Agroforestry Centre The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CIFOR are conducting research to explore and develop options for community based sustainable forest resource management, productivity enhancement, livelihood support and wealth creation for rural communities in forested landscapes.

World Bank The The World Bank is assisting Liberia to harness the potential of forests for poverty alleviation, to integrate forests into sustainable economic development and to protect environmental services and the values of forests. It is supporting an integrated package of reforms in the sector to improve the performance of national institutions and to make the forestry sector vibrant and sustainable. The World Bank is taking a step-by-step approach to the sector, using the LICUS Trust Fund to finance some immediate actions in support of the Liberia Forestry Initiative and other funding may later be used to finance medium-term actions. A grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has also been approved to support conservation and sustainable forest management around Sapo National Park.