Map of Liberia Liberia

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


Liberia’s 4.3 million hectares of forests cover nearly half of the country’s total land area. These forests represent a major portion (43%) of the remaining Upper Guinea forests of West Africa, a global biodiversity hotspot harboring numerous endemic species. Between 2005 and 2010, the national annual deforestation rate was estimated to be 0.7%.

Following the Bali COP, Liberia submitted a Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN) to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The R-PIN was successfully received and Liberia was granted US$200,000 to develop a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP). The R-PP was approved in March 2012 and a preparation grant for US$3.6 million was signed in June 2012.

In late 2014, the Government of Norway announced a US$150 million pledge to support REDD+ in Liberia from 2015 through 2020, and the FCPF issued preliminary approval for an additional US$5.2 million to support the full implementation of Liberia’s R-PP.


Main donors, levels of funding committed and disbursed to Liberia between 2009 and 2014:

Proportional total donor commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014


Donor commitments by country and continent, 2009-2014

  • Proportional total donor commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    This chart shows the relative levels of funding donors have committed, as well as the proportion disbursed to their recipients, through 2014. Donor governments, multilateral institutions, and private foundations have made the largest commitments overall. The vast majority of the smaller donors had disbursed 100% of their committed funding by the end of 2014, a positive sign that donors are making good on their commitments to fund REDD+ activities in Liberia. However, the three largest donors--Norway, Germany and the FCPF--had collectively disbursed only 11% of their funding, due to the recent nature of these commitments.

    Sixteen Liberian NGOs provided co-financing tied to multilateral donor commitments for a variety of activities. In general, international and domestic NGOs tend to be recipients of REDD+ funding rather than donors. However, in some instances, NGOs mobilize funding through direct public donations which are spent on activities. NGOs are listed as donors when finance cannot be tracked back to another donor organization.

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  • Donor commitments by country and continent, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    The map above shows the geographic distribution of donors and donor governments having provided REDD+ funding commitments to Liberia, and cumulative support by donor country and continent, as of the end of 2014. European donors, led by the Norwegian and German governments, were collectively responsible for 64% of all REDD+ finance committed. However, by the end of 2014, European donors had only disbursed US$5.2 million of the US$30.3 million they had committed.

    Multilaterals and other international donors (shown in purple) provided 27% of commitments, and by the end of 2014 had disbursed US$5 million of the US$12.6 million committed.

    A constellation of government, private foundation, corporate, and NGO donors from the United States collectively committed and disbursed US$2.9 million, and a number of Liberian NGOs also contributed modest support through co-financing for multilateral donor initiatives.