EU Envoy Stresses Governance In Liberia’s Forestry Sector

The Head of the European Union Delegation in Liberia, TiinaIntelmann, has said that the EU will continue to build the nation’s forestry capacity to enhance governance in the sector.

She said the EU will also work to help ensure that proceeds generated from logging activities go into government’s coffer.

Intelmann assured that governance and transparency in logging activities in Liberia will be made possible as the nation is being guided by the Comprehensive Forestry Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the EU.

Speaking Tuesday in a telephone conversation on the UNMIL Radio talk show “Coffee Break”, the EU envoy disclosed that regular consultative meetings have resumed on the forestry agreement between the Government and EU that were suspended as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

Intelmann said the EU is interested in ensuring that logs extracted from Liberia’s forest are accounted for as a stringent forest governance structure has been put into place under the agreement to ensure that logs are not illegally extracted from Liberia.

The EU envoy noted that the agreement focuses not only on the institution of a comprehensive forest management and logging governance structure, but also on ensuring that forest resources are used in a renewable manner.

According to Intelmann, the EU is also considering an agreement which will ensure the enhancement of the nation’s fishery sector.

She said the agreement will also protect Liberia’s fishing industry, adding, “This agreement will also ensure that no fish from Liberia will hit the EU market illegally.”

It can be recalled that in 2011, the Government of Liberia and the EU signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) aimed at improving forest governance by tackling illegal logging, improving transparency and public participation in the sector, among others.