Liberia is situated within the tropical rainforest belt on the West Coast of Africa: forests cover 45% of Liberia. In this context, it is important that the Liberian Government adopts appropriate policy that balances forest conservation with other national priorities such as economic development. The NGO Conservation International worked with the Liberian Government to prepare a national plan for reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in Liberia. This REDD plan was presented at the UNFCCC Conference in Bali in December 2007.
Conservation International also works with the Liberian authorities to protect and preserve the country’s forests while pioneering innovative solutions for increasing community employment and government revenue generation through carbon financing.