Recovering from two recent civil wars, Liberia is in tatters. One of the world's poorest countries, its people live an average of less than 50 years. Its unemployment rate of 85% is reportedly the highest in the world. Even in Monrovia, the capital, basic services such as electricity, clean drinking water and health care are scarce or non-existent; people have a daily struggle to survive. If ever a country needed development (preferably of the sustainable variety), Liberia is it.
This edition of the TFU presents the findings of a recent ITTO diagnostic mission to Liberia. According to the mission, forests could play a big role in the country's recovery, providing employment and foreign exchange, both of which are essential if the country is to rebuild and move towards sustainable development.