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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

New York Times (blog) 
She previously wrote about a fierce investigative journalist in Liberia. I considered leaving my suitcase at a government hospital in Liberia last week. It seemed the hospital needed its contents more than I did. My suitcase had antimalarials. The ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Yacoub El Hillo, Deputy Special Representative of UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) and UN Coordination, says there is an urgent need for Liberia to restructure its land tenure system because the reform will help in the consolidation of peace and ... See more..
The Executive Mansion 
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today witnessed the formal signing ceremony of the Agreement between the Government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) for the establishment of a Steel Plant in Liberia. See more..
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AllAfrica.com 
Monrovia — The trial has commenced and lawyers representing the Republic of Liberia are expected to produce the seven vehicles claimed to have been stolen from the United States, but the vehicles, FrontPageAfrica has learned, are in the custody of the ... See more..
Front Page Africa 
LIBERIA WAS ESTABLISHED about 170 years ago for home of free slaves from the United States of America. The free slaves and descendants (Americo-Liberian) governed Liberia for about 133 years. During those years, the Americo-Liberians commonly ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
The plenary of the Liberian Senate has summoned the commissioner of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya to appear before the body this Thursday to answer to questions regarding the exhibition of the voter roll. The plenary ... See more..
Myjoyonline.com 
The Ministry of Health has issued a health alert over what says is a “strange disease” that has claimed the lives of eleven people in Liberia. See more..
AllAfrica.com 
It seems that many Liberian-owned businesses started with great fanfare and hopes of successful futures. But, after a few years, many of them fail. Nevertheless, some do succeed. There are a number of reasons why many Liberian-owned businesses go ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Yesterday was an emotional day for Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, a presidential hopeful in the upcoming elections and a veteran politician, when his request for the Supreme Court to prevent National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya ... See more..
Global News Network 
The management of United Bank for Africa, Liberia today officially launched its MasterCard program in Liberia aimed are improving the country's financial sector, and meeting the needs of the bank's customers worldwide. This occasion which was indeed ... 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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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