The Project is supported by three different Grants for a total amount of US$2.8 million. The Bank’s medium term engagement is to assist Liberia harness the potential of forests to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, integrate forests effectively into sustainable economic development, and protect the vital local and global environmental services and values of forests, based on an integrated package of key reforms in the sector.
The Grant supports, inter alia: institution-building in the public sector (including the review and improvement of concession management legislation); sustainable management of community forests; sustainable agro-forestry systems; sustainable small-medium private sector development; and, a forest development grant facility. Key indicators would include, inter alia, completion of critical institutional reforms (in particular Forestry Development Agency (FDA) institutional reform; forestry policy, forest taxes reform), and implementation of the results of the concession review through Executive Order or other instrument.
On September 24, 2010, the Panel received a Request for Inspection relating to the Development Forestry Sector Management Project. The Request was submitted by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), acting on behalf of the communities of Central River Cess Statutory District, River Cess County, Liberia. The 54 community representatives ask the Panel to keep their complaint anonymous.
Policies and Procedures raised in Request: - OP/BP 4.01 - Environmental Assessment - OP/BP 4.04 - Natural Habitats - OP/BP 4.36 - Forests - OP/BP 13.05 - Project Supervision - World Bank Policy on Disclosure of Information dated June 2002