Liberia Environment and Development Forum
21- 22 September 2011 - Arlington, VA, USA
The Liberia Environmental Sustainability Forum will bring together key stakeholders in the areas of environmental sustainability from Liberia, the USA and other parts of the world.
The focus of the Forum is Organizational, Institutional and Technical Capacity Building for the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA). The Forum will provide a platform for discussion of the numerous environmental challenges that the country is facing. The Forum will also allow the EPAL to present its five year strategic plan and need-based for technical assistance.
This Forum will bring together officials from the Liberian government, the private sector, technical experts and citizen activists to share perspectives, experiences and put forward ideas and solutions to support an effective environmental sustainability program for Liberia. The Forum will focus on how the EPAL can access assistance to build capacity and advance partnerships to address critical environmental issues regarding natural resources management, air pollution, waste management, environmental education, climate change, water pollution, renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, environmental law and justice, and a proposed Environmental Research Center (ERC).
The Environmental Sustainable Forum is aimed at reinforcing scientific and technological collaboration between the US and Liberia at a very high level, in a move to develop sustainable scientifically-based strategies for the management and preservation of Liberia’s ecosystems under threat. The key outcomes of the Forum include:
• To bring together representatives of key stakeholders to catalyze opportunities for networking and collaboration for technical assistance in the area of manpower training and logistics among the U.S. and U.S-based organizations and other international institutions;
• To develop sustainable scientific-based strategies for environmental protection and sustainable development in Liberia;
The Environmental Sustainability Forum will be divided into two parts. There will be a one day conference with very high level presentations and discussions aimed at educating the U.S. and international audiences and potential partners about Liberia’s environmental and developmental challenges. It will be followed by a second day workshop with a goal of developing specific outcomes and recommendations and partnerships.