Liberia, EU Discuss Forest Governance
The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia (EU), Tiina Intelmann says tackling the sensitive global issue of climate change will require the enforcement of good forest governance and laws that prevent deforestation.
She described 2015 as a crucial year for the global community and planet earth as a whole, according to an EU release issued in Monrovia at the weekend.
The EU envoy revealed that a series of international conferences will agree on Financing for Development and climate change goals for the next 15 years, noting that deforestation and land use change are the main source of Greenhouse gas emissions in Liberia.
The second formal meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) of the Liberia-EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) took place at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Monrovia, on Friday, 12 June.
The objective of the meeting was to jointly review the implementation of the Liberia-EU VPA, take stock of the effects of Ebola on activities and agree on the priorities for 2015.
The VPA aims to put in place systems to ensure the legality of Liberia's timber production and to strengthen forest sector governance.
This process, expected to last for several years, will promote legal forestry, leading to more sustainable forest management, increased long-term revenues for communities and the Government, investment and job creation.
The EU has similar agreements with Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Indonesia, the Central African Republic and is negotiating with nine other countries.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Chair of the Forest Development Authority (FDA) Board of Directors, Mary Laurene Browne, and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann.
Others are FDA Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea, European Commission, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Justice, Liberia Revenue Authority, Civil Society, private sector and key development partners.
By Ballah M. Kollie