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Environmental Issues
Insight & Analysis


On this page, Insights provides insights and analysis of environment issues in Liberia. We focus on the following:

Deforestation: Liberia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with much of the forest being lost due to logging, mining, and agriculture. This has led to soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and reduced carbon storage.


Land degradation: Soil erosion, land degradation, and desertification are significant environmental challenges in Liberia, particularly in the northern regions. These issues are exacerbated by deforestation, mining, and other unsustainable land-use practices.


Climate change: Liberia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, increased flooding and erosion, and more frequent and severe droughts. The country's high dependency on rainfed agriculture makes it particularly vulnerable to changes in weather patterns.


Water pollution: The rapid expansion of mining and agriculture in Liberia has led to increased water pollution, with many water bodies contaminated by heavy metals and other pollutants. This poses a significant risk to public health and the environment.


Waste management: Liberia has a significant waste management problem, with much of the waste being dumped in unregulated landfill sites or burned in open pits. This has led to environmental and health hazards for communities living near these sites.




Deforestation: Liberia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with over 50% of its forests lost in the past few decades. This has major implications for biodiversity and climate change, as well as the livelihoods of local communities that depend on forests for their survival.



Illegal wildlife trade: Liberia is a transit point for illegal wildlife trade, particularly of bushmeat and ivory. This has led to the depletion of wildlife populations and the spread of zoonotic diseases.



Marine pollution: Liberia's coastline is subject to marine pollution from both land-based sources and shipping activities. This pollution affects marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of coastal communities.

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