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The 2009 Community Rights Law gave communities the right to control, protect, and manage forests. But their lack of finance led many communities to give their forests over to commercial operators to harvest timber. These commercial contracts have faced challenges such as non-compliance and illegal logging by companies on one hand, and misappropriation and mismanagement of revenues by some community leaders on the other hand. Despite these challenges, some communities are standing tall to ensure revenues received from companies are used to develop their communities.
President Dr. George Manneh Weah says there is urgency for collective global action to deter the crippling effects of climate change, stating that there are huge benefits for Africa and the rest of the world if they acted together. He also said climate change has the potential to create global insecurity.
Two months after the launch of Liberia’s Stockholm+50 consultations, which included regional dialogues across a broad spectrum of the whole of society, the people of Liberia and other stakeholders are insisting on the urgent need for concrete actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all.
EPA, Conservation International Confident FOLUR Project Will Reduce Deforestation from Palm Oil and Cocoa Value Chains
Officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Conservation International, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), held a one-day workshop to set up a plan to reduce deforestation from palm oil and cocoa plantations. The Food Systems Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) project will promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable cocoa and palm oil production systems for enhanced livelihood opportunities in Liberia.
Liberia's President George M. Weah has called on the international community to address the inherent climate finance imbalance. President Weah lamented that Africa, especially Liberia, which has the least greenhouse gas emissions, maintains and protects large tracts of forest reserves but bears the brunt of climate change, without accruing much benefit from the solutions and financing for tackling climate change.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has slapped steel giant, ArcelorMittal Liberia with a fine of US$110,000 after being found liable of breaching several environmental laws, and pollution of a water body in Nimba County. The fine was imposed after EPA held a technical hearing with ArcelorMittal during which the company acknowledged its missteps and expressed a commitment to remedy the situation and take actions that would avoid further occurrences.
Liberia’s forestry regulator remains mute on status of several thousand logs abandoned by a company in Nimba
Between 2018 and 2019, the International Consultant Capital (ICC) felled the logs in the Gbi-Doru Administrative District and the Gbier & Gblor Chiefdom. But it abandoned the logs in the forest following a row with the community over a bridge.
ICC signed a social agreement with villagers in 2016 as part of its 25-year concession with the Liberian government issued in 2009, known across the logging industry as Forest Management Contract K or FMC-K Nimba. It covers 127,842 hectares in the northeastern county and extends 40,887 hectares in River Cess county and 98,181 hectares in Grand Gedeh county.
The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) has embarked on a month-long nationwide environmental compliance monitoring exercise to ensure that proponents permitted by the Agency are following the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia (EPML). The exercise is intended to bridge a three-year gap in environmental monitoring and compliance and puts proponents permitted by the EPA in compliance with their permit conditions.
The Seekee community situated in the Deport Road, in the Paynesville suburb of Monrovia, hosts a little over 300 house-holds and has a population of approximately 2,500 residents. Improper disposal of solid waste by the residents has left the community littered with stock piles of garbage in various nooks and corners of the community.
Residents of Liberia's capital Monrovia say waste management has become a full blown crisis with just a few trucks to collect garbage that is dumped on the streets and beaches.
... But he cannot come to terms with the state of the nearby beach, patches of sand barely visible beneath the rubbish. "It threatens our existence as people and poses a serious health hazard," he said of the trash. "But we as community people, our hands are tied."
Worsening sanitary conditions in the Police Academy Community in the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville bring to focus growing concern about poor waste collection and disposal system in the country. The condition in this densely populated community has caught the attention of the community leadership, with strong measures being instituted to prevent a health crisis.
The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, has said Liberia’s coastal and marine environments are experiencing rapid deterioration due to increased population pressure and illegal economic activities. He was speaking at the start of a week-long training on ‘Fisheries Management and Integrated Coastal Zone Management’.
The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), through its National Ozone Unit, and in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation conducted a training workshop for customs and other law enforcement officers on identification and detection of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), and the methods used to smuggle them into the country.
EPA, UNDP to Include Disabled Community in Environmental and Climate Change Decision-making Processes
The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh has re-echoed the need for the disabled community to be included in every decision making process in the country. The inclusion of people disabilities has been a recurring recommendation in the Stockholm+50 consultations.
Members of the House of Representatives and Liberian Senate committees on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have declared their support to a draft legislation seeking reform in the National Forest Resource Management Law of Liberia. Stakeholders in the forestry sector think the law is not adequately benefiting communities.
A collaboration involving farmers, nongovernmental organizations, construction workers, community leaders, and local officials are combining climate-resilient farming methods and re-afforestation in Foya, Lofa County. Following the development of a land-use plan for the area in 2018, farmers have since planted more than 50,000 trees in deforested areas and along riverbanks.
For six years, Martha Sherman, a widow, has battled chronic pain as a result of damaged tissue in her body. Since then, life has been tough for her as she lost her business because all of the money was spent on her treatment. But thanks to a recycling initiative in Monrovia, Greener Inc, which turns plastic waste into tiles, she can now smile again and fend for her family.
Salayea Authorized Forest Community, through its Community Forest Management Body, has recommended five sustainable livelihood programs they believe can help them preserve their 8,270 hectares of forest land; poultry, cocoa, cattle, village savings loan, and trade school for women. The community wants livelihood support that can substitute forest products they are currently using to sustain themselves.
Liberia's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is training community representatives on biodiversity conservation in the Lake Piso Multiple Nature Reserve and the Gola National Park.
Liberia's Stockholm+50 consultations go to counties to bring on board the views of people in all the country's 15 counties.
Foreign Minister Kemayah Pledges Liberia’s commitment to Global Environmental Agenda at launch of Stockholm+50 National Consultations
Monrovia – Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, has reiterated Liberia’s commitment to the global environmental agenda, including the Paris Agreement and the upcoming Stockholm conference, which are geared towards rescuing the planet from the grasps of the crippling effects of climate change
Victoria Mazee, the youth representative, makes a statement titled “The climate emergency - a call for action from the future generation” at the launch of Liberia's Stockholm +50 consultations.
The State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, Hon. Jenny Ohlsson had attended the launch of Liberia's Stockholm+50 National Consultation.
“The forest and the Kpatawee Waterfall have been here decades before we were born and we have been farming, hunting and collecting wood from this forest all these years. Now that the Government has declared this area protected and prevented us from accessing this area, how do we survive as a community?” lamented an elderly man from the Kpatawee community in Liberia’s Bong County. Read more
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