Liberian communities have managed forests for thousands of years. However, new land rights laws and market demands have substantially altered how much communities can benefit from their forests.
This report, written by Adam Manvell with help from Sustainable Development Institute Liberia, Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), Farmers Associated to Conserve the Environment (FACE), and Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), outlines different ways that communities have benefited from owning and managing small-scale forests. Small-scale forestry is common in Liberia, but not reflected in national legislation.
The report reveals that more research and support is needed from NGOs and the government, so that communities can evaluate how they can best benefit and manage their forests.