Liberia—Long-Term Technical Assistance for the Implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA)

Client: European Commission

Duration: 2019-2022

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Liberia

Solutions: Environment Governance

This three-year project intends to increase the value of traded timber products, strengthen forest law enforcement and governance, and share forest benefits more equitably through implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) between Liberia and the EU.

The forest sector plays a key role in Liberia’s sustainable socioeconomic development, poverty reduction, and economic growth. FLEGT-VPA aims to reduce risk of civil conflict through improvements in forest governance and sustainable forest management.

Sample Activities

  • Build on earlier results that established systems, institutions, and capacity for the VPA, and further transfer the responsibility for VPA from donors to the Government of Liberia.

  • Support Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority in coordination and cooperation between the various support projects, stakeholders, and funders, notably the U.K. Department for International Development.

  • Support use and development of the Forward Planner, which details the actions required to raise capacity and achieve compliance with the 11 principles in the VPA.

Select Results (since 2013)

  • Supported Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority in coordination and cooperation between support projects, stakeholders, and funders, notably DFID and the EU.

  • Re-established the Benefit Sharing Trust, putting in place procedures and processes that has ensured over $1 million of taxes generated from timber extraction has been shared with forest communities.

  • Built systems, institutions, and capacity for the VPA and further transferring its responsibility from donors to the Government of Liberia.

  • Revised the Code of Forest Harvesting Practices, setting parameters for legal and sustainable management of forest resources.

  • Enabled the Forestry Development Authority’s GIS Unit to develop accurate forest maps for sustainable resource management planning, monitoring, and prevention of illegal logging.

  • Established the NGO Coalition Secretariat to provide civil society with representation in the VPA process.

  • Established the Liberia Timber Association Secretariat to promote private sector engagement in and awareness of the VPA.

  • Supported Private Sector operators to understand the improved regulatory environment, and how they can work towards compliance to ensure access to European timber markets in the future.

  • Facilitated the Memorandum of Understanding between the Forestry Development Authority and Ministry of Justice to strengthen cooperation and enforcement.

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