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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

Reuters 
"Yesterday WHO received a report from Liberia health authorities about a cluster of unexplained illness and deaths in the southern part of the country – Sinoe County," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in emailed comments. "According to this report ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Cllr. Lois Lewis Brutus, a former President of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), who most recently served as Ambassador to South Africa, ... See more..
The New Dawn Liberia 
The Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) Madam Angelique Weeks, in her second and final four-year term takes over the chairmanship of the West Africa Telecommunications Assembly (WATA) today, Thursday, April 27 in Monrovia. See more..
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AllAfrica.com 
Monrovia — In addition to his assertions that Mr. Benoni Urey, the political leader of the All Liberia Party(ALP) lacks the experience that would make it rather impossible for him to accept being Mr. Urey's running mate, Senator Prince Y. Johnson (MLD ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Editorial - SINCE BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT nation in 1847, Liberia has found itself engulfed in a series of unfortunate events. See more..
Global News Network 
The Lone U.S. based Liberian Scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan is expected to serve as Keynote Speaker today, April 26, 2017 for a Biomedical Conference at the Monrovia City Hall. According to a dispatch from the United States, Dr. will also be ... See more..
Liberian Daily Observer 
The highest salary owners of private media institutions in Liberia are giving their reporters is US$200. This amount covers transportation—to scavenge out 'news story' from around town—lunch (or brunch if you didn't take breakfast because you had to ... See more..
Liberian Daily Observer 
On Friday, April 21, the world witnessed a historical event in The Hague where a Dutch businessman, Gus Kouwenhoven, was convicted by the Dutch Appeal Court and subsequently sentenced to 19 years for smuggling arms to fuel the Liberian war. See more..
Daily Mail 
Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care. The trained physician co-founded Last Mile Health in ... See more..
The New Dawn Liberia 
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the House of Representatives for ratification a US$2 million loan agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the International Development Association. 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