Monrovia, 10-11 June 2014
The first stakeholder workshop of TEEB Liberia convened 18 representatives of government and research in order to scope and identify policy questions that the TEEB country study would inform as well as ecosystem services to be valued. Over the course of two days, participants narrowed the focus to coastal and marine zoning policies, with an emphasis on mangrove ecosystems, due to the impact and dependency on provisioning of food, regulation of extreme events and cultural values. Other policy goals considered relate to climate change, the extraction of natural resources (mining and agriculture concessions), poverty alleviation and food security. Importantly, participants highlighted local community engagement as critical for long term conservation efforts and therefore suggested that the study findings should be included in community empowerment action plans.
This study is supported by the European Commission as part of the “Reflecting the Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Policy-Making” project.