Liberia?s Framework Environmental Laws

Liberia is richly endowed with tropical rainforests, iron ore, diamonds, and gold. The abusive exploitation of these natural resources has helped fuel Liberia’s continuing conflict. Strong environmental laws and communities that participate in environment decision making hold the promise of helping to bring peace to Liberia, while protecting the nation’s valuable natural resources.

Green Advocates drew support from environmental attorneys around the world who participate in the E-LAW network to draft Liberia’s first framework environmental law. E-LAW partners reviewed and commented on the draft and Green Advocates help workshops to help communities participate in the drafting process. In 2002, Liberia passed National Environmental Policy of Liberia, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Environment Protection and Management Law.