Integrating Commercial, Community and Conservation Functions in the Forest Sector

Forests are one of the most important natural resources in Liberia, yet have never been managed to deliver anywhere near their full potential to contribute to the long-term, sustainable economic growth of the nation, the livelihoods of local and rural communities, or the long-term conservation of the country's natural heritage.

On September 16, 2006, the Government of Liberia approved a new Forest Law. This law charts the ways in which forests are going to be used in Liberia – for commercial, conservation and community-oriented purposes (the three Cs), and leaves open the possibility of using forests for carbon storage via funding mechanisms for avoided deforestation.

In 2007, the World Bank provided resources for conducting an institutioncentered strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the forest sector with the goal of guiding implementation of the new forest law and assisting in designing the appropriate institutional mechanisms within and across sectors to enhance positive impacts and to mitigate negative ones.