Map of Liberia Liberia

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


Liberia’s 4.3 million hectares of forests cover nearly half of the country’s total land area. These forests represent a major portion (43%) of the remaining Upper Guinea forests of West Africa, a global biodiversity hotspot harboring numerous endemic species. Between 2005 and 2010, the national annual deforestation rate was estimated to be 0.7%.

Following the Bali COP, Liberia submitted a Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN) to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The R-PIN was successfully received and Liberia was granted US$200,000 to develop a Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP). The R-PP was approved in March 2012 and a preparation grant for US$3.6 million was signed in June 2012.

In late 2014, the Government of Norway announced a US$150 million pledge to support REDD+ in Liberia from 2015 through 2020, and the FCPF issued preliminary approval for an additional US$5.2 million to support the full implementation of Liberia’s R-PP.

Overview: REDD+ finance flowing to Liberia

Liberia's REDD+ financing landscape is set out below:

Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and first recipients, 2009-2014

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Funds committed and disbursed for REDD+ activities in Liberia through 2013

Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

  • Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and first recipients, 2009-2014

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    Donor government commitments to the government of Liberia account for 55% of all REDD+ finance flowing to Liberia between 2009 and 2014, with Norway and Germany responsible for the majority of these commitments. Multilateral institutions, primarily the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), contributed 27% of the total funding commitments.

    The majority (68%) of funding has been committed to the Liberian government, while international NGOs are on the receiving end of 22% of the finance.

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  • Funds committed and disbursed for REDD+ activities in Liberia through 2013


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    Together, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Government of Norway, the GEF-UNDP, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation account for 75% of all REDD+ financial commitments to Liberia between 2009 and 2013.

    Private foundations, including the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), the McCall MacBain Foundation (MMF), the A. V. Jensen Charity Foundation (AVJCF), the John Swift Foundation (JSF), Humanity United (HU), and the Acacia Foundation (AF) have together disbursed $US 2.75 million, or 95% of their collective funding commitments of US$2.89 million.

    International NGOs (Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International, CARE International) have together committed and disbursed a total of US$120,000 for REDD+ activities in Liberia. In general, NGOs tend to be recipients of REDD+ funding rather than donors. However, in some instances, NGOs mobilize funding through direct public donations which are spent on activities. When finance cannot be tracked back to another donor organization, NGOs are listed as donors.

    Secondary institutions or "second recipients" receiving REDD+ finance where data has been collected are also displayed in the chart. In Liberia, of the US$7.7 million committed to international NGOs, 2.7% (US$210,000) has been passed on to local, Liberian NGOs including Fauna and Flora-Liberia (FFI-Liberia), the Society for the Conservation of Nature-Liberia (SCN-Liberia), Skills and Agricultural Development Services (SADS) and Farmers Associated to Conserve the Environment (FACE). Another 1.3% (US$100,000) has been passed on to other international NGOs, including Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).

    Low percentage transfers of funding from first to second recipients should not necessarily be seen as a failure to implement REDD+ activities in Liberia. First and second recipients may pass funding to other organizations to implement activities, commit funding directly to local communities or households for payments for environmental services, or implement activities directly themselves. A clearer picture will emerge as additional REDDX data collection continues.

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  • Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

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    Donor commitments to finance REDD+ readiness in Liberia got off to a slow start in the early years of the so-called ‘fast-start finance’ period. Total commitments through 2011 amounted to less than US$6 million. However, cumulative commitments nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, primarily as a result of new financing provided by the FCPF and GEF/UNDP to the Liberian Government. Commitments continued to rise at a modest rate through 2013. Cumulative commitments rose significantly in 2014, in large part due to Norway’s announcement of US$15 million in budgetary support over three years to the Liberian Forestry Development Authority (FDA). This is part of a larger deal in which Norway pledged up to US$150 million in bilateral support over the period 2015-2020. Most of this funding (US$135M) is still a pledge, not a commitment, and is therefore not included in the current REDDX Liberia graphics and analysis.

    Disbursements have climbed consistently over the five year period, and with a number of multi-year commitments signed between 2012 and 2014, it is expected that the overall disbursement rate will increase over the next several years.

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