Even though Section 20.11 of the National Forest Reform Law sets out the requirement for an annual report, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has only published a draft 2008 report online. In July 2012 the FDA provided the Sustainable Development Institute with hard copies of three annual reports covering 2009, 2010 and 2011. These annual reports are an improvement, but they have not been published and appeared to have been written at the same time as a box ticking exercise. They are also incomplete, and do not give the public a clear picture of how the forest is being managed. For example, there is no information on volume of species harvested by categories that would support the public to judge whether the forest is being managed sustainably. Several gaps need to be filled in order to meet the public demand for a comprehensive annual report.
This delayed and incomplete annual reporting makes it difficult to monitor the performance of the FDA, or even to know the basis on which it evaluates its own work. Monitoring by other stakeholders including civil society and UN Panel of Experts on Liberia provides an insight into how the forestry sector is being managed, but it would be useful to have comprehensive and timely annual reports produced by the FDA rather than having to wait for more than three years for three annual reports to be released at once. As it stands, the public has no practical means of tracking activities and providing timely feedback.
|Title||Draft Annual Report, Forestry Development Authority, Monrovia, Liberia
January 1 – December 31, 2008