Development Talk: Community Forestry Management Agreements? A new smoke screen for land grabs?

Since the 2012 moratorium on and subsequent cancellation of Private Use Permits (PUPs) in the last quarter of 2013, there has been an alarming rise in the number of applications for Community Forestry Management Agreements (CFMAs) across the country. There are concerns that logging operators previously operating illegal PUPs are now pursuing CFMAs as an alternative to allow them to continue to harvest timber in Liberia. However, if the situation is not managed correctly, CFMAs could become the next PUP crisis, allowing vast quantities of valuable timber to be harvested and exported with few benefits reaching Liberian people.

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