Liberia

Liberia contains more than half the entire rainforest remaining in West Africa. About 45% of the country, 4.3 million hectares, is covered by forest.

During Liberia's civil war in the 1990s and early 2000s, timber revenues were misappropriated and used to sustain the conflict. In 2003, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on timber exports from Liberia. These sanctions were lifted in 2006 following the country's efforts to reform the forest sector. These efforts included a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework and the development of a national timber traceability system, called LiberFor, to track timber production.

The Liberia-EU VPA entered into force on 1 December 2013 and Liberia is currently developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber.

Liberia is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. It will use these systems for timber and timber products exported to not only to the EU, but also to other destinations worldwide. The systems will also apply to timber and timber products sold within Liberia.

 

Voluntary Partnership Agreement status

  • VPA entry into force: 1 December 2013
  • VPA ratified: 1 December 2013
  • VPA signed: 11 July 2011
  • VPA agreed: 9 May 2011
  • Negotiations started: March 2009


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