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2012 > 20 Key Indicators 2012 > Formal Procedures for Consultation on New Forest Norms

The National Forest Reform Law and Regulation 101-07 on public participation in promulgation of regulations, codes and manuals set out detailed procedures for public consultation. The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has taken steps to implement the regulation by conducting regional and national consultations on new regulations. For example, country-wide consultations were conducted on the implementing regulations for the Community Rights Law, the Benefit Sharing Trust and Chain Saw Milling.

Civil society and communities played an active role in the negotiation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union, and new draft regulations on participation in its implementation were distributed to forest stakeholders in a workshop in July 2012. These regulations relate to confiscated timbers and timber products, third party access to concession areas, abandoned logs, importation of timber and timber products and transit timbers entering Liberia.

Even though the procedures require public access to supporting documents and information in relation to the development of the norm, experience to date has shown that there is no system in place to facilitate information sharing related to public consultation processes. For example, reports from the consultations on recent regulations have not been made available to stakeholders. Also, the Liberia REDD+ Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) development process, which is forest specific, has adopted a parallel consultation process instead of building on the forest law reform and VPA negotiations. Though reports of regional and national level consultations are contained in the R-PP, it was not vetted publicly for the 60 day period as prescribed in the forestry law (NFRL Section 19.2) before submission to the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility for approval in June 2011.

Since their formation began in 2008, Community Forest Development Committees have assisted the FDA in consulting on forest issues and norms. Various stakeholders have suggested that a National Forest Forum would bring together different committees and groups and serve as a platform for sharing information and reducing duplication. However, this Forum remains a pipe dream due to the inability of stakeholders, including the FDA, to initiate programs to legitimise it.

Title a. National Forestry Reform Law (Section 19.2) 2006
b. Regulation 101-07:(section 23) 2007
Organisation Forestry Development Authority
Source a. http://www.fda.gov.lr/doc/finalforestrylawPASSEDBYLEGISLATURE.pdf
b. http://www.fda.gov.lr/doc/FDATENCOREREGULATIONS.pdf
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