The Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI), in collaboration with Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), and PARLEY-Liberia with funding from the International Land Forest Tenure Facility (ILFTF) is implementing the project Protection of Customary Collective Community Land Rights in Liberia (P3CL) project.
On February 25-26, 2021, FCI and partners hosted a two days National Learning & Experience Sharing Event in partnership with Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the Liberia Land Authority (LLA). The event brought together stakeholders from international bilateral and multilateral organizations, local authorities, and other civil society organizations working in the land sector as well as members of the 24 project communities from 8 counties.
Speaking at the opening of the event and delivering the Keynote address was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Dee Maxwell Kemayah. He noted that the government of Liberia remain committed to this process because they believe, without any doubt that customary land formalization provides a solid foundation on which, as a country, is building a pursuit of inclusive development, peace and shared prosperity. Speaking further, he noted that evidence shows that secured land tenure and ownership is good for responsible land and natural resources governance and management, adding that when the rights of people to own their land is guaranteed, they are encouraged to invest in that land and to manage in ways that their unborn children will inherit good and quality land for their own development.
Silas Siakor, the conference coordinator, speaking earlier said the goal of the two-day conference is to provide citizens and CSOs the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of the Land Rights Act and to determine how implementation of the law can be scaled up effectively and efficiently.
“Basically, we want to create a space for people from the communities and the NGO sector to come together to talk about how the implementation of the law is going,’’ Siakor said.
Other speakers include Swedish Ambassador, Ingrid Wetterqvist, Vera Kellen, EU Delegation Representative and Ms. Nonette Royo, executive direct of the Tenure Facility, amongst others.