The Head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, has assured the EU’s support to the Liberian Government's effort to invest in communities and forests, and reaffirmed the importance of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement process for sustainable forest management.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Ambassador Intelmann noted that an important element of this process is that it also serves as a platform for consultations between Government, civil society organizations and the private sector.
The EU Head of Delegation gave the assurance Tuesday at programs marking the opening of a conference on rethinking Liberia's forests in Monrovia.
During the conference dubbed, "Rethinking Liberia's Forest: Implementing the New Vision", the EU Envoy said the Government's move is a recognition of the value of forests to all as public goods and that the EU is convinced that Liberia would create significant long-term economic opportunities based on the legal and sustainable use and conservation of its forest resources.
Ambassador Intelmann underlined the role of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in ensuring the future of forests in Liberia.
With the FDA already receiving more than 100 applications from communities to manage their own forests through the Community Forest Management Agreement under the Community Rights Law of 2009, the EU Ambassador noted the challenges in this area and called for a prudent and progressive approach, according to the release.