The laws that govern forest conversion in Liberia

ClientEarth has created a law database of the main policies, laws and regulations governing forest conversion in Liberia.

Forest conversion is the clearing of natural forests (deforestation) to use the land for another purpose, often agricultural (growing crops like palm oil or creating pasture for cattle), but also for mines, infrastructure or urban expansion.

Forest conversion is a challenge to regulate, involving diverse sectors (including forest, mining, agriculture, land, investment) and many different groups (communities, private investors, government ministries).

As a result, many different laws from across these diverse sectors include provisions that relate to forest conversion in Liberia. The law database we have created – together with our in-country associates Heritage Partners and Associates – collects these relevant legal texts, which must be read together to understand the different requirements for converting forest land to another use. However, this legal framework is contradictory and incomplete and does not fully govern forest conversion in Liberia.

For a short introduction to the laws applying to forest conversion in Liberia, please refer to ClientEarth’s explanatory briefing.

Laws in Liberia are not easily available, particularly online. With this law database, NGOs, communities and researchers have access to the laws that regulate forest conversion in the country. This will help ensure their strong participation in national debates on forest management and protection.

ClientEarth will update and improve this database with laws as they evolve on forest conversion.

ClientEarth also has a Liberian law database on natural resources and community-rights related issues as well as a law database on forest conversion in Ghana.




Mining and agriculture


* Please note that the Liberian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) collects and collates the natural resource investment contracts and concessions. ClientEarth has no responsibility for the content of the linked website and does not control the frequency of updates.


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