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Even after recovering from civil war that ended in 2003, Liberia is still one of the world’s poorest countries. The economy is largely driven by the agricultural sector, which also provides much of the citizens’ employment. Climate change negatively affects both the employment sector as well as the agricultural and economic sectors. The Global Environment Facility has been working to coordinate educational programs that will help farmers make decisions that are the most efficient environmentally.1 Liberia’s infrastructure is so weak that it is extremely difficult to effectively implement climate change legislation and measures.2

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1 https://www.thegef.org/news/liberia-actors-and-actions-sustainable-development
2 http://sidaenvironmenthelpdesk.se/wordpress3/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Liberia_EnvCC-PolicyBrief-2013-Final-Draft.pdf
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone
Area

Total 111,369 sq km
Land 96,320 sq km
Water 15,049 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers
Natural Resources

iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to March)
Current Environmental Issues

tropical rain forest deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; pollution of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage

Demographics

Nationality
Liberian
Population
3,989,703 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Liberia is a low income country heavily reliant on foreign assistance for revenue. Civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially the infrastructure in and around the capital, Monrovia. Many businesses fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them, but with the conclusion of fighting and the installation of a democratically-elected government in 2006, several have returned. Liberia has the distinction of having the highest ratio of direct foreign investment to GDP in the world. Richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favorable to agriculture, Liberia had been a producer and exporter of ...See More basic products, primarily raw timber and rubber and is reviving those sectors. Local manufacturing, mainly foreign owned, had been small in scope. President JOHNSON SIRLEAF, a Harvard-trained banker and administrator, has taken steps to reduce corruption, build support from international donors, and encourage private investment. Embargos on timber and diamond exports have been lifted, opening new sources of revenue for the government and Liberia shipped its first major timber exports to Europe in 2010. The country reached its Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative completion point in 2010 and nearly $5 billion of international debt was permanently eliminated. This new status will enable Liberia to establish a sovereign credit rating and issue bonds. Liberia's Paris Club creditors agreed to cancel Liberia's debt as well. The IMF has completed the sixth review of Liberia's extended credit facility, bringing total disbursements to over $379 million. The African Development Bank approved a grant of $48 million in 2011 to support economic governance and competitiveness. Rebuilding infrastructure and raising incomes will depend on generous financial and technical assistance from donor countries and foreign investment in key sectors, such as infrastructure and power generation. The country has achieved high growth during 2010-12 due to favorable world prices for its commodities. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.719 billion (2012 est.); $2.509 billion (2011 est.); $2.326 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

NA (2012 est.); -36.6% of GDP (2011 est.); -30.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (manioc), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
Industries

rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds