Liberia

Country Area : 111,369 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 4,179

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : yes

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support, Support to country needs assessment (CNA)

FCPF Member : Yes

Active FCPF Grant Holder: Yes

Readiness Grant Holder: Yes

Carbon Fund: No

PROGRESS AGAINST THE WARSAW FRAMEWORK

The UN-REDD Programme continued to support Liberia in progressing towards finalizing key components of the Warsaw Framework elements.

National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS): Development of the NFMS, as well as the institutional framework to support this system, are ongoing. The REDD+ Implementation Unit within the Forestry Development Authority currently manages all the AFOLU activities relating to forest-cover monitoring and change assessment. UN-REDD technical assistance supported the preparation of a draft NFMS methodology and guidelines, which have been subsequently validated and implemented. With support from the country’s FCPF grant, field teams have been implementing the NFI methodology in fieldwork activities, collecting data throughout the country. NFI activities are ongoing and will be finalized in March 2019.

Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL): Concomitant with the fieldwork activities, support for data processing has been provided by the UN-REDD team. Data managers involved in the fieldwork activities and field team leaders have been capacitated to clean, analyse and interpret inventory results within the context of a carbon inventory and developing an FREL. 

Capacity-building activities focusing on the field inventory and the forest cover change analysis continue to respond to the country’s MRV needs. An initial country needs assessment, undertaken with UN-REDD technical assistance, informed this process and will be used to further refine recommendations for institutional arrangements to support MRV.

CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

The feasibility of developing a conservation performance monitoring road map in palm oil concessions has been explored. However, discussions with the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative and &Green Fund, the uncertain situation on the palm oil concessions sector in Liberia and the launch of the Concession Review Panel, led to production of the road map being postponed.

PARTNERSHIPS

UN-REDD worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to deliver GIS training sessions focused on building capacity on the use of QGIS to carry out spatial analyses to support REDD+ planning (e.g. mapping deforestation, biodiversity richness and hydrological services). An additional working session included a field and a desk component. The field component focused on the use, limitations and validation of spatial data sets at different resolutions and scales. The training included presentations, forest data collection in the field and data analyses and validation using QGIS and statistical approaches. The desk component focused on the development of spatial workflows using QGIS to identify priority areas for specific REDD+ interventions, as well as on the production of effective map layouts for policymakers and filling any knowledge gaps regarding the use of QGIS.

A brief with recommendations on next steps for spatial analysis for Liberia’s REDD+ planning was developed and published in September 2018.

(Update Annual Report 2018)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 266,000
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
1  
Date of Request 19.05.2015
Date of Approval 19.01.2015
Implementation Period (Months) 1
Status Under Implementation
 
Amount Requested US$ 266,000
Amount Approved US$ 266,000
UN Agency Providing Support
FAO
 
MRV and Monitoring

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Lead National Institution: Request through the  Forestry Commission, Ghana Expected completion date: 30/06/2016.

Description: 

1. Enhanced regional cooperation and capacities on NFMS, MRV and data sharing.

2. Enhanced capacity and experiences shared on forest carbon inventories in West Africa.

Additional funding in November 2016 (USD 104,000), specifically to reach the following:

Regional training workshop undertaken and capacities of Remote Sensing /GIS staff improved on land use land cover classification systems and on how to harmonized existing land use legends in their countries.

Regional Training undertaken and data analysis skills of scientist and forest service staffs enhanced for estimation of emission factors.

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