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1 Apr 2015

International Senior Lawyers Project

ISLP Case Study - Liberia Natural Resources

When major logging and agricultural operations expand into their communities, many forest‐ and farming‐dependent populations in Liberia struggle to collect the benefits they are due from the exploitation of their natural resources. These communities are entitled under Liberian law both to be consulted about such activities and to receive a percentage of land rental fees and related revenues. However, they often lack the guidance and tools to make these laws work for them. Since 2002, a local NGO called the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) has worked closely with rural Liberian communities on understanding their rights, while advocating on their behalf to ensure that domestic and multinational companies operating in their communities respect those rights...