EPA achievements to date
Since 2003, significant and visible progress has been made in building Liberia’s environmental governance framework. Key achievements include:
1) Approval of the National Environmental Policy and adoption of two major environmental laws (Environment Protection and Management Law, and the Environmental Protection Agency Act) that came into effect in April 2003.
2) Establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2003, which became fully functional with the formation of a Board of Directors and Policy Council in 2006.
3) Publication of Liberia’s first State of the Environment Report in June 2007, establishing a baseline for monitoring environmental conditions and trends.
4) Deployment of environmental inspectors in seven counties by July 2007 and is underway in the other eight counties.
5) Establishment of a basic environmental laboratory facility at the EPA to help monitor environmental conditions and trends and enforce legislation.
6) Establishment of environmental units in government ministries and agencies is currently underway.
7) EIA administrative procedures developed.
8) Certification of environmental consultants to conduct environmental impact assessments.
9) Development of a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
10) Active participation in multi-lateral environmental agreements, regional cooperation initiatives and implementation of projects supported by the Global Environment Facility.
11) Preparation of a national action plan and strategy to address land based sources of marine pollution.
12) Development of a National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change.
Other related achievements in the natural resource management sector:
1) Approval of the Forestry Reform Law in 2006.
2) Comprehensive assessment of Liberia’s forest resources (Liberia Forest Reassessment) carried out by Fauna and Flora International in collaboration with government partners.
3) Liberia’s admission into the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and preparation of a draft Mining Law.
4) Draft Integrated Water Resources Management Policy prepared.
5) Draft Energy Policy prepared.