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Liberia - Country Profile

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

It is believed that Liberia is the only country in West Africa that was once entirely covered with rain forests. More than 50% of the forest has disappeared over the years. Recent estimates show that the forest reduction rate is 1-2% per annum. Sites of special interest include Mount Nimba, Cestos-Senkwen River Shed, Lofa-Mano, and Sapo National Park, which are among the 14 centers of plant endemism within the upper Guinea hotspot. 13.5% of the country is covered with water on account, notably, of the six major rivers, which flow from mountains in the north and empty into the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, Liberia is home to five of the seven species of marine turtles worldwide. The fishery sector provides about 65% of the protein needs of the country, employs thousands of people and contributes about 10% to the GDP. Poverty and population pressures, shifting cultivation, coastal erosion, misguided timber exploitation, monoculture plantation development, poaching and hunting, as well as lack of land use planning are threatening Liberia’s biodiversity.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The various goals and related activities comprised in the NBSAP focus on issues, such as: protecting critical ecosystems; creating biodiversity awareness among sectors of the society; promoting international cooperation; committing to sustainable use to bring about socio-economic development; promoting equitable sharing of benefits; and contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 

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