It is a legal requirement for the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to annually report all violators of forest law to the Board of Directors and to the public, including the time of violation and progress on penalties and payments through the FDA and other judicial systems within the country. However, so far regular and up-to-date details have not been made publicly available. In practice, the limited involvement of the Ministry of Justice has increased barriers to publishing details on infractions. The FDA circulated a draft regulation on confiscated timber in mid 2012 for feedback. .
The FDA and related government institutions including the Ministry of Justice lack the ability to provide appropriate oversight of the sector. For example, the UN Panel of Experts reported in December 2010 that “Documented problems include non-payment of fees related to some concessions; cases of non-competitive allocation of large concessions; corruption; and lack of consultation with county authorities, district authorities and affected communities. In addition, government capacity to monitor commercial concessions is extremely limited in relation to the scope of the agreements being allocated and information is often difficult to obtain” (1).
Liberia signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union in May 2011 and the framework for Independent Auditor is expected to assess how reported infractions are addressed or not addressed by the relevant authorities. This has the potential to improve law compliance, but will depend on how effectively the VPA is implemented.
(1) United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia (2010) Report on 17 December 2010 of the Panel of Experts submitted pursuant to resolution 1903. Available at http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2010/609
|Title||NFRL section 20.11 a (i-vi) 2006|
|Organisation||Forestry Development Authority, Ministry of Justice|