Liberia - Environment



The nation lacks regulatory agencies to supervise the preservation of the environment. As the 1980s began, Liberia was one of the last West African countries with significant primary forest reserves, but recent estimates suggest that some 42,000 ha (104,000 acres) of primary forest are converted annually to degraded forest or transformed into bushland by shifting cultivation. Commercial logging, firewood cutting, and a government land-clearing program also threaten primary forestland. Between 1983 and 1993, Liberia lost 13.2% of its forest and woodland area. Forests currently account for less than 40% of Liberia's land. By the mid-1980s, the country had lost over 70% of its mangrove swamps. Hunting and loss of habitat have decimated wildlife along the coastal plain, and there are no longer any large herds of big game in the interior.

The water supply is usually limited to open sources such as streams, swamps, and shallow, uncovered wells; the result, especially during the rainy season, is that insects and parasites thrive, creating a major health hazard. Safe drinking water is available to 79% of Liberia's urban dwellers and 13% of its rural population. Liberia cities produce about 2 million tons of solid waste per year. The Mano and St. John rivers are becoming increasingly polluted from the dumping of iron ore tailings, and the coastal waters from oil residue and the dumping of untreated sewage and waste water.

Eleven of the nation's mammal species and 13 of its bird species are endangered. One of its plant species is threatened with extinction. The Jentink's duiker and Liberian mongoose are endangered species in Liberia.

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kalu
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Mar 30, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
To whom it may concern,
am one of the students that have been awarded a contract by the UN on millennium goals. i choose your country cos am interested. i need some articles about the improvement and what you have achieve so far in eliminating and solving this environmental problems.
i will be so happy if you can respond back to my message with a positive response.
yours faithfully,
kalu
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suha
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Dec 6, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
THIS IS AN O.K. IMFORMATION SOURCE ON LIBERIA.I'll try a different web site to look at.
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john
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Dec 6, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
I love this site!this is really great for my report that i have to do for school
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Chamari Smith
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Feb 15, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
What climate does a liberian mongoose like?,where does it live,what does it like to eat.
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Nadine
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Feb 1, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
Can you give me 5 plants that are in Liberia because I looked it up 15 times and I still can't find it. I need this information by 2-2-15. Thank you!

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