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Freedom of Information Law

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 2010 and is publicly available, but the Independent Information Commissioner has not yet been appointed by the President as required in Chapter 5 of the law. Read more...

National Forest Policy

The National Forest Policy in 2006 sets out to address immediate rehabilitation and 10 year medium term needs of the nation, and is primarily focused on deriving macro-economic benefits from the forestry sector. Read more...

Codified Forest Laws and Norms

The National Forestry Reform Law was adopted in 2006, and subsequently Ten Core Regulations and regulations on benefit sharing have been passed. These norms are publicly available. Read more...

Signed International Trade Agreements on Forests

The Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) was initialled between Liberia and the European Union in May 2011. It is available at the VPA Secretariat but has not been uploaded on an official website. However, information on the official discussion is available at www.loggingoff.info Read more...

Provisions for Transparency in Forest Laws

Section 18.15 of the National Forest Reform Law provides for public access to a range of forest sector information, Regulation 108c makes all information in the chain of custody system public, and Section 4.1 of the Community Rights Law provides for transparency and accountability in management of community forestry funds. Read more...

Legal Recognition of Customary and Traditional Rights

Although the Constitution of the country recognizes customary and traditional rights, they are not fully recognised in forest laws and there are challenges in how the government supports local communities to enjoy this recognition. Read more...

Legally Recognised Procedure for Consultation on New Forest-Related Norms

The National Forest Reform Law and regulations 101-07 set out procedures for public consultation, which have been held on newly approved laws and regulations, for example on Benefit Sharing and the Community Rights Law. However, no reports from consultation processes have been published. Read more...

Law Recognising Right to Free Prior Informed Consent

Ten Core Regulation 102 requires that in order to undertake commercial use on customarily held Forest Land, a Community Forestry Development Committee must grant free, prior and informed consent. Read more...

National Land Tenure Policy

There is no current document that sets out the national policy on land tenure, but the Land Commission has been established to develop this policy. Read more...

Land Ownership and Forest Use Maps

The Forestry Development Authority has digitised maps for all contract areas and protected areas. They are made available to the public on request; however there is a charge to access them. There are no maps that show current forest ownership. Read more...

Regulated Permit System for Commercial Logging Operations

The forestry law and regulations and the Public Procurement and Concession Act require transparent processes for allocating forest use permits, including publication of the final contract. Read more...

Legal Requirement for Stakeholder Consultation before Allocation of Commercial Logging Permits

Regulation 104-07 Part Two Section 22 clearly states that “Before seeking a Certificate for Concession with respect to an area, the Authority shall conduct preliminary consultations with Affected Communities”. Read more...

Verification Process (Due Diligence) of the Eligibility of Permit Applicants

Public procurement and forestry law include requirements for verification of applicants, but not all due diligence reports conducted on logging concessions have been made public. However, they can be obtained from FDA on request as these reports are listed as documents that should be available to the public. Read more...

Forest Management Plans

The forestry law requires that concession holders should not be issued a harvesting certificate until the holder has an approved forest management plan. In practice, none of the logging companies issued harvesting certificates have made a management plan available publicly or on the Forestry Development Authority website. Read more...

Regulation of Environmental Services

There is neither applicable legislation nor policy for environmental services. The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), the policy arm of government on climate change, has not developed any policy for environmental services. Read more...

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Development Priorities

A donor-driven Strategic Environmental Assessment was conducted in 2008/09. Concessions and permits for forestry, mining, agriculture and other land uses were granted before this assessment, and since then the Government has not established a formal strategic process for determining future priorities. Read more...

Independent Monitoring of Forest Governance and Operations

Regulation 108-07 on Chain of Custody states that “It shall be the policy of the Authority to move over time toward a formal system of Independent Forest Monitoring”. After six years there is little progress in establishing a body with this official role, but the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union includes scope for civil society monitoring. Read more...

Forestry Tax Collection and Funding Systems

The National Forest Reform Law allocates thirty percent of land rental fees to communities entitled to benefit sharing under Forest Resources Licenses. The Community Rights Law allows communities to receive 55% revenue from logging concessions on community forest land up to 50,000 hectares. The National Benefit Sharing Trust was formally constituted in January 2011 and benefit sharing regulations were approved in June 2011. Read more...

Forest Infractions

There is no official or systematic publication of infractions, even though publishing a list of infractors and progress on penalties is a requirement of the National Forest Reform Law 2006. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union is expected to improve law compliance. Read more...

Annual Forest Authority Report

Even though the National Forest Reform Law, Section 20.1, sets out the requirement for an annual report, only a draft 2008 report is available on the Forestry Development Authority website Read more...
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