Liberia map

Liberia is a country on the West African coast, bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north, and Cote d'Ivoire to its east. The landscape is characterized by mostly flat to rolling coastal plains that contain mangroves and swamps, which rise to a rolling plateau, and low mountains in the northeast. Tropical rainforests cover the hills, while elephant grass and semi-deciduous forests make up the dominant vegetation in the northern sections. Liberia possesses about forty percent of the remaining Upper Guinean rainforest, and is a global biodiversity hotspot – hosting the last remaining viable populations of certain species including western chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards. Slash-and-burn agriculture is one of the human activities eroding Liberia's natural forests. A 2004 UN report estimated that 99% of Liberians burnt charcoal and fuel wood for cooking and heating, resulting in deforestation, and illegal logging has increased in Liberia since the end of the Second Civil War in 2003. (Wikipedia)

Quick Facts

Land use

Total land area
9,632,000 hectares
Area of forest
43.4% of land area
Area of agriculture
28.0% of land area
Area of permanent cropland
2.1% of land area

People

Population
4.5 million
Population growth
2.4% annually
Rural population
50.0%

Economics and development

GDP per person
455.90 USD

Climate change and biodiversity

CO2 emissions
0.20 metric tonnes per person
Threatened animal and plant species
172
Bonn Challenge Commitments
Goal year
2020
Date committed
Area committed
1,000,000 hectares
Potential economic benefit
314 million USD
Potential climate benefit
0.09 GtCO2 sequestered
National Restoration Targets

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FLR Assessments

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