Liberia: Sirleaf Acts Against Illegal Logging

Following mounting criticism from local and international groups that multinational companies were taking over a significant portion of the country's virgin forests in dubious deals, and the subsequent setting up of a special investigative committee, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has begun to take action against those accused.

A report by Global Witness uncovered how "secret logging contracts" were awarded.

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    Liberia Government, 31 December 2012

    Upon initial review of the report submitted by the Special Independent Investigating Body commissioned to review the policies and procedures regarding the issuance of Private Use ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Loggers Paid U.S.$ Five Million in Private Users Permits Fees

    The NEWS, 10 September 2012

    Forest monitoring agents in Liberia have claimed that US$5 million have been paid to the Liberian government for the use of "Private Users Permits" (PUPs). The agents, Surveillance ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Secret Logging Contracts Uncovered in Liberia

    The NEWS, 5 September 2012

    A new report released by Global Witness in collaboration with two Liberian human rights organizations has uncovered how "secret logging contracts" have been awarded in an illegal ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Companies Flouts Ellen's Order

    The New Dawn, 21 December 2012

    Logging companies here are said to shipping millions of dollars worth of illegal timber out of the country despite an August moratorium issued by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Liberia's Stability Under Threat - UN Panel of Experts Reports

    Heritage, 13 December 2012

    The United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts on Liberia has reported that the country's stability is under threat. In the Panel of Experts final report submitted to the UN Security ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Logging Loophole - Selling Off the Forest

    ThinkAfricaPress, 7 September 2012

    Anthony Kamara stands at the end of a long mud road rendered all but impassable by heavy logging equipment. In a vast expanse cut from the forest around him, he's surrounded by ... read more »