Part Two Section 22 of Regulation 104 on Tender, Award and Administration of Forest Management Contracts (FMCs), Timber Sales Contracts (TSCs) and Major Forest Permits clearly states that “Before seeking a Certificate for Concession with respect to an area, the Authority shall conduct preliminary consultations with Affected Communities”. It sets out processes for giving notice and identifying communities, including representation by a Community Forest Development Committee (CFDC).
The first round of concessions conducted by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in 2008/09 did not meet the consultation requirements set out in the regulations. The process was fraught with poor facilitation and documentation, and CFDCs had not yet been established at this time. The companies that were awarded concessions in 2008/09 were also meant to negotiate and sign social agreements with affected communities, but these agreements were hastily concluded and there have been sustained requests by CFDCs to renegotiate them.
There has been sustained pressure from civil society, including the NGO Coalition of Liberia, on the FDA to subject Private Use Permits (PUPs) to a measure of consultation as required for FMCs and TSCs when they are being competitively tendered. Consequently, the FDA has established a working group to develop a regulation for PUPs which is expected to address specific procedures as well as critical information regarding the size, location, ownership and legitimacy of PUPs.
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