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.


Financing flows and institutions receiving funds committed for REDD+ activities in Liberia:

Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014


Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

  • Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    The Liberian Government is scheduled to receive 68% of total commitments, making it the largest recipient of REDD+ finance to Liberia. Internationally-based NGOs are also a major recipient, and are scheduled to receive 22% of all committed funding to the country. Multilateral implementing agents (UNDP and UNEP) and Liberian-based NGOs are recipients of much smaller amounts of funding.

    Secondary institutions or “second recipients” receiving REDD+ finance—where data has been collected—are also displayed in the chart. In Liberia, of the US$10.5 million committed to international NGOs, REDDX has tracked 19.5% (US$2M) being passed on to Liberian NGOs, 18% (US$1.9M) being passed on to other international NGOs, 0.3% (US$30,000) being committed to international consultants, and 0.1% (US$6,000) being passed on to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs. The Liberian government and multilateral implementing agents have also passed portions of the funding they have received on to a range of secondary recipients for implementation activities.

    Low percentage transfers of funding from first to second recipients should not be seen as a failure to implement REDD+ activities in Liberia. First and second recipients may pass funding to other organizations to implement activities, commit funding directly to local communities or households for payments for environmental services, or implement the activities directly themselves. A clearer picture will emerge as additional REDDX data collection continues.

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  • Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

    Chart Description

    An annual breakdown of funding committed to first recipients shows that over the period 2009-2014 the Liberian government and international NGOs received the vast majority of REDD+ finance. International NGOs received 89% of REDD+ funding commitments in 2009, 98% of commitments in 2010, and 55% of commitments in 2011. The Liberian Government, with grants from the FCPF and GEF-UNDP, received the majority (67%) of commitments made in 2012. However, in 2013, international NGOs were once again the primary recipients, with 58% of new funding directed their way. In 2014, large grants from Norway, Germany, and the FCPF to the Liberian government made it the recipient of 87% of all new finance committed in 2014.

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