Map of Liberia Liberia

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:

$47,193,782

Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:

$14,548,657

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.

REDD+ Activities

Finance has supported the following REDD+ activities in Liberia:

REDD+ activities supported by various types of donors

 

Number of donor initiatives supporting various REDD+ activities

 
   
  • REDD+ activities supported by various types of donors

    Chart Description

    This chart shows the range of REDD+ activities supported by different categories of donors. The list of activities and definitions was drawn from broad agreement among REDD+ experts, including the civil society national partners collecting data across the REDDX initiative countries.

    In Liberia, the activities that received support from all seven donor types were: stakeholder engagement; development of social & environmental safeguards; policy and law analysis & development (including REDD strategy development & advocacy); institutional strengthening; and implementation of improved forest and land management to reduce deforestation and degradation. Many donors also funded activities aimed at addressing issues of land rights & tenure, and MRV and reference level development. Activities typically associated with Phases II and III of REDD+ implementation, including forest carbon project design and carbon offset payments, received the least attention from donors.

    In general, international and national 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.

    It is important to note that the absence of support for an activity from a specific donor type does not constitute a lack of attention to the activity overall, since the activity could be well-funded through other donor types.

    Stakeholder engagement: Funding aimed at improving participation of non-governmental stakeholders through the design, implementation, and/or monitoring phases of REDD+, and/or funding that promotes media outreach.

    Rights and tenure: Funding directed at addressing issues of rights and tenure – including clarifying land, property and carbon rights.

    MRV and reference levels: Funding aimed at improving the monitoring, reporting and/or verification of REDD+, including changes in forest cover, forest degradation, biodiversity, or social and governance levels. Funding to define or implement reference levels to measure emissions, co-benefits and governance in country.

    Safeguards: Funding aimed at identifying barriers to forest conservation and enabling social and environmental benefits.

    Policy and law analysis & development, REDD strategy development & advocacy: Funding aimed at promoting research, advocacy and outreach to policymakers.

    Institutional strengthening: Funding aimed at developing in-country public institutions, ministries, staffing capacity and resources for REDD+.

    Forest carbon project design: Funding aimed at developing project design documents (PDDs) and validation activities. This includes credited projects that go to the market and those that want REDD+ payments.

    Improved forest and land management to reduce deforestation and degradation (implementation): Funding supporting protected areas, sustainable forest management, and reforestation management activities – including enforcement and compliance.

    Carbon offsets and performance-based payments for improved forest and land management: Funding aimed at carbon offsets, direct payments, actual benefits sharing, and actual payments such as incentive and performance-based payments.

    Other: Funding aimed at REDD+ activities that do not fall within the broad categories listed. For example, funding that is listed as technical support.

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  • Number of donor initiatives supporting various REDD+ activities

    Chart Description

    This chart shows the number of donor initiatives that are at least partially supporting various REDD+ activities. Of the 46 total donor initiatives tracked, 45 are supporting institutional strengthening, 43 are supporting stakeholder engagement, and 38 are implementing measures to improve forest and land management in order to reduce deforestation and degradation.

    Very few projects are supporting actual forest carbon project design or the quantification of emissions reductions to facilitate carbon offsets or performance-based payments. These activities will require more attention from donors going forward in order to facilitate Liberia’s continuing advancement through the REDD+ readiness process.

    Stakeholder engagement: Funding aimed at improving participation of non-governmental stakeholders through the design, implementation, and/or monitoring phases of REDD+, and/or funding that promotes media outreach.

    Rights and tenure: Funding directed at addressing issues of rights and tenure – including clarifying land, property and carbon rights.

    MRV and reference levels: Funding aimed at improving the monitoring, reporting and/or verification of REDD+, including changes in forest cover, forest degradation, biodiversity, or social and governance levels. Funding to define or implement reference levels to measure emissions, co-benefits and governance in country.

    Safeguards: Funding aimed at identifying barriers to forest conservation and enabling social and environmental benefits.

    Policy and law analysis & development, REDD strategy development & advocacy: Funding aimed at promoting research, advocacy and outreach to policymakers.

    Institutional strengthening: Funding aimed at developing in-country public institutions, ministries, staffing capacity and resources for REDD+.

    Forest carbon project design: Funding aimed at developing project design documents (PDDs) and validation activities. This includes credited projects that go to the market and those that want REDD+ payments.

    Improved forest and land management to reduce deforestation and degradation (implementation): Funding supporting protected areas, sustainable forest management, and reforestation management activities – including enforcement and compliance.

    Carbon offsets and performance-based payments for improved forest and land management: Funding aimed at carbon offsets, direct payments, actual benefits sharing, and actual payments such as incentive and performance-based payments.

    Other: Funding aimed at REDD+ activities that do not fall within the broad categories listed. For example, funding that is listed as technical support.

    Relevant Frequently Asked Questions