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Corrupt logging practices in Liberia could mar new era in community forestry

Corrupt logging practices in Liberia could mar new era in community forestry

MONROVIA, Liberia – Reaching the remote Garwin chiefdom in central Liberia isn’t an easy feat. Only about an hour and a half of the journey takes place on a paved road. The remaining four hours wind their way along a cratered, narrow dirt road through thickets of jungle and the occasional blip of cell-phone coverage in a small transit town or isolated village. Garwin is in River Cess County, one of the least developed parts of Liberia, but also one of the richest in forests suitable for being cut down and exported by commercial loggers. Late last year, two clans in Garwin applied for a permit to manage a large tract of nearby forest. Their application was under a relatively new regulatory framework in Liberia that allows rural communities to exercise a much higher degree of control over forestry than they’ve had in the past. Historically, the business of logging in Liberia...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/corrupt-logging-practic...

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