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Even after the recovery from its civil war, Liberia is still one of the worldâ's poorest countries.1 The economy is largely driven by the agricultural sector, which also provides much of the employment for the citizens.2 Climate change is projected to negatively affect both the employment sector as well as the agricultural sector and the economy.3 Temperatures are also expected to rise and overall rainfall is predicted to become more irregular. 4 The government has developed a National Adaptation Program of Action in order to increase Liberiaâ's resilience to climate change.5 Liberiaâ's infrastructure is so weak that it is extremely difficult to effectively implement climate change legislation and measures.6

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1 http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/3335
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6http://sidaenvironmenthelpdesk.se/wordpress3/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Liberia_EnvCC-PolicyBrief-2013-Final-Draft.pdf
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Liberia News

Front Page Africa 
Monrovia - The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Boima S. Kamara, has commended the World Bank for its continuous supports to Liberia's recovery program including the healthcare sector. According to a Ministry of Finance and Development ... See more..
Mirror.co.uk 
It's fair to say that until very recently my knowledge of Liberia revolved almost exclusively around George Weah . Voted the World Footballer of The Year in 1995 the country's captain and talisman was also indirectly involved in one of football's ... See more..
News24 
Kofa previously work as a chief investigator for the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and is currently working with the Liberia Revenue Authority as Complaint manager took the stand, admitting how money was launder to bribes government ... See more..
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Global News Network 
American and Liberian partners of NWI are expected to collaborate efforts aimed at providing needy development services to Liberia after the launch of the organization this year in Liberia to be followed by initiation of a Science, Technology ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
It has been three years since the United Nations declared an Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa. Yet doctors still do not know how the virus was passed from ... See more..
The New Dawn Liberia 
The U.S. 2016Human Rights Report on Liberia has noted that the justice system here does not employ sign-language personnel to interpret for deaf persons in court, so they are left to prepare their own defense. See more..
JSTOR Daily 
Liberia, named for liberty, has had a rough go of it since being colonized by African-Americans settled there by the American Colonization Society. The A.C.S. had been founded by conservative white abolitionists to solve what they saw as the “problem ... See more..
The New Dawn Liberia 
President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf says progress inMaryland County shouldhave been better than it is now, telling a townhall meeting at Barriken inPleebo District ... See more..
Front Page Africa 
Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) says taxpayers are at liberty to pay their taxes in both Liberia and United States dollar currencies. LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba says, addressing the Ministry of Information weekly ... See more..
Liberian Daily Observer 
A 70-year old woman recently returned from a 10-day vacation in Ghana and was shocked to see ramshackle (rundown) buses ferrying passengers from the Air Ivoire aircraft to the Roberts International Airport Terminal. She should not have been shocked, ... See more..
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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