The Land Rights Law of 2018 provides for the recognition, protection, and registration of community land rights. One of the requirements to registering community land is for communities to agree on and identify the community land space, resources, and boundaries to determine the scope of the community's customary land (see a sample map below in figure 1). For this reason, there is an urgent need to build the most affordable and accessible systems for mapping community lands and natural resources.
Monrovia, Amsterdam, 25 October 2021 – On Wednesday 20th October, sixteen victims of wrongful dismissal received over Thirty Five Thousand (35,000 USD) in financial compensation.
A report done by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and its partner, the Netherland based Milieudefensie has found Oil palm giant Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) in gross violations of obligations and commitments from the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that were signed in 2014 with affected communities while it continues with massive deforestation in Liberia.
Monrovia, Liberia, June 2, 2021: The campaigner group Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) Liberia has recruited Wilfred Gray-Johnson as its new Executive Director following a meticulous and competitive exercise.
Abstract: After the end of Liberia’s civil war in 2003, the country embarked upon the reform of its forest and land legislation. This culminated in the adoption of the 2009 Community Rights Law with Respect to Forest Lands and the 2018 Land Rights Act, which NGOs and donors have described as being amongst the most progressive laws in sub-Saharan Africa with regard to the recognition of customary land tenure.
The Community Rights and Cooperate Governance Program (CR&CGP) of SustainableDevelopment Institute (SDI) is using a land valuation tool developed by Namati. It supportscustomary communities and forest dependent peoples to clearly understand the value of their landand guide them to make informed decision during land negotiations with companies or investors.The exercise also makes customary communities more cohesive and resilient in the managementand governance of their lands and natural resources.
SDI takes interns and volunteers to support specific projects. Interns have held both short and long-term positions and have provided assistance across a broad range of programme activities such as carrying out research, community outreach and mobilisation, policy development and advocacy campaigns.