Liberia's GEF National Dialogue was held in Monrovia on 20-21 November and followed by the country's first National Environment Forum on 22 November, 2008. The Dialogue, was opened by H. E. Mr. Joseph N. Boakai, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, who delivered a Keynote Statement from H.E. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The Dialogue was attended by more than 100 participants, including representatives from 14 counties of Liberia as well as from the Environmental Protection Agency, Forestry Development Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land Mines and Energy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Information, and Ministry of Internal Affairs along with Liberian and International NGOs, private sector firms, media and donor agencies.
The Dialogue Agenda was designed to meet the following objectives:
- Mainstreaming GEF activities into national plans and programmes and fostering synergies among the three Rio Conventions.
- Enhancing public education and awareness about the GEF and its focal areas and polices.
- Taking stock of experiences and lessons from GEF funded projects in Liberia.
- Promoting partnership with private sector, civil society, and donors in environmental management.
Liberia's GEF National Dialogue was followed by the National Environment Forum on 22nd November 2009 which was designed to promote public participation in environmental management, and to enlist support of decision makers towards addressing major environmental concerns. The Forum concluded with the issuance of the Forum Resolution by participants, as a set of recommendations for national authorities to consider in strengthening environmental management efforts in Liberia.
The list of participants of the Dialogue and Forum is available while the report is expected to be posted soon.